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Posts Tagged ‘Zero Gravity’

First ever PGP Ryan Buckley Memorial Tournament Champion Blake Steel

Posted by flairwhoooooo on January 19, 2015

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With his win in the tournament Blake Steel has challenged the PGP Champion Jake Dirden for the title in a match that promises to be one not to miss.

 

Proving Ground Pro honored Ryan Buckley, the first solider killed in Iraq that was from Hillsboro, Illinois with the first ever Ryan Buckley Memorial Tournament filled with many of the top stars in the country.

Cpl. Ryan J. Buckley, 21, was with Army Spc. Richard Morris  riding in a Humvee in Baghdad, when a blast from an explosive device killed Buckley, the gunner on the vehicle. Prior to the event a 10 bell salute was held to honor the war hero.

In the first round Blake Steel was able to withstand the quick strikes from young star Louis Lyndon In the second round Steel took it to Ethan Page with an impressive victory. Page was not done with Steel though as he assaulted him after the match targeting his left arm leaving Steel’s ability to move on in the main event in doubt. Yet, one of central Illinois’s brightest stars would not be denied as he entered the main event against his toughest test to date, the Ring of Honor Superstar Tommaso Ciampa. Blake Steel showed true heart and determination by not only surviving the war between Ciampa, but pinning him with the small package to lay claim as the first ever Ryan Buckley Memorial Tournament Champion.

Ryan Buckley Memorial Tournament Round One

Blake Steel pinned Louis Lyndon
Ethan Page pinned Mallaki Matthews
Justice Jones pinned Tyson Dux
Tommaso Ciampa pinned Mario Crivello
Perfect Addiction – Randy Ray & Perry Winkle pinned Mike Outlaw & “Mr. Nice” Nelson Sixx
Zero Gravity pinned Team IOU

Ryan Buckley Memorial Tournament Round Two
Blake Steel pinned Ethan Page
Tommaso Ciampa pinned Justice Jones
PGP Franchise Champ Jake Dirden beat Abe Jackson & Jon Bolen by submission (triple)
Blake Steel pinned Tommaso Ciampa to win the Buckley Cup

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PWP Tag Team Champions Abu Colossus & Hype Gotti Challenges Anyone that Dares to Step Up

Posted by flairwhoooooo on March 14, 2014

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MWR owner Brian Kelley was at ringside in Council Bluffs, Iowa this past week for the exciting Pro Wrestling Phoenix show. After a clash of two of the best tag teams in the Midwest, the PWP Tag Team Champions Abu Colossus &Hype Gotti picking up a huge victory against the former MWR Tag Team of the Year the American Bulldogs (Mark McDowell and Jon West), Abu got on the mic to let the PWP fans and MWR know that they challenging any of the top tag teams in the country to try to step up and take their titles.

Tag Team wrestling is red hot in 2014 as the 2013 MWR Tag Team of the Year, the Hooligans has just came off a huge win at Proving Ground Pro Wrestling against Zero Gravity in a dog collar match. The WLW Tag Team Champions the Black Hand Warriors added the Dynamo Pro Wrestling belts to their collection after defeating the Bumrush Brothers. Across the way at 3XWrestling the longtime team of Ryan Slade and AJ Smooth has been shown no signs of slowing down.

So will any of these teams step up to battle the PWP Champions or will there be a duo like High Level Enterprise or the Travis Cook Organization look to make an impact in the state of Iowa when PWP returns on April 12th at the National Guard Armory ?

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Proving Ground Pro Wrestling July 20, 2013 Michael Elgin, Prince Mustafa Ali, The Hooligans, Blake Steel

Posted by flairwhoooooo on June 18, 2013

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Prince Mustafa Ali(w/ Rinaldo Piven) vs Michael Elgin for PGP Franchise title
Blake Steel vs Ruff Crossing in a Bullrope match for the PGP Cutting Edge title
Hooligans vs Zero Gravity for PGP tag titles

…..also signed for 7/20..Jake Dirden, Grin, Great Akuma, Jun Hado, Austin Mannix, Machine, Tony Kozina, Frank Wyatt, Perry Winkle, Randy Ray, Justice Jones

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Proving Ground Pro Wrestling debuts February 9th, 2013 !!

Posted by flairwhoooooo on January 27, 2013

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“PROJECT 1”
Three titles will be decided

February 9th 2013
Bogart’s banquet hall
2142 Old State Road
Jacksonville, IL 62650
General Admission $10
Doors open at 6:30 PM
Show starts at 7:30 PM

TaDarius Thomas

TaDarius Thomas comes to Proving Ground Pro from Detroit, MI.
Since his High School wrestling days, TaDarius has been a dedicated student to a wide variety of mixed martial arts disciplines. Along with wrestling , TaDarius is also an accomplished Golden Gloves boxer (Michigan’s 2005 outstanding boxer of the year) and practitioner of Brazilian jujitsu and Capoeira (African-Brazilian martial art) that incorporates gymnastics,dance and an ability to strike from almost any position.
TaDarius has exploded onto the independent wrestling scene, becoming a major player in promotions around the world. He now brings those skills and experience to the Proving Ground .

Mr. 450 Hammett

Mr. 450 makes his way to Proving Ground Pro from Hormigueros, Puerto Rico. He is trained by Puerto Rican legend Invader III, taking that education to it’s highest levels.
Mr. 450 is a true international wrestling star who has won titles in multiple countries already in his wrestling career. His high flying, hard hitting style could take him to the top of Proving Ground Pro.

Dysfunction

Dysfunction comes to Proving Ground Pro from Milwaukee,WI., where he has made quite a name for himself on the professional wrestling circuit. A big favorite where ever he preforms, including many high profile appearances for Juggalo Championship Wrestling and Pro Wrestling Blitz.
Dysfunction is as comfortable swinging chairs and breaking tables as he is doing classic mat wrestling. His big match experience and unusual combination of skills will make him hard to beat in the Proving Ground.

Ruff Crossing

Ruff Crossing makes his way to Proving ground Pro from Sweet Grass, MT. Ruff has blazed a trail for himself in true cowboy fashion, drinkin’ beers, punchin’ steers, and kickin’ ass all the way from Sweet Grass.
True grit and heart will be on display each time out. Ruff Crossing will prove to be that classic pro wrestler who has every skill it takes to win a championship!

Derek St Holmes Esq.

Derek St Holmes Esq. , a true blue blood of independent wrestling. As his name refers, esquire is a candidate for knighthood..giving Derek a very regal air about him.
His European based submission grappling and old school stretching are to be respected and avoided if possible. St Holmes, “Entitled by Birth” for championships, will be difficult to beat in the Proving Ground.

Marion Fontaine

Marion Fontaine makes his way to the Proving Ground from Las Vegas, NV. Fontaine brings one of the best all around games and best all around mustaches in wrestling today.
Marion Fontaine is tearing up the indy circuit all over the country. Poised to be a breakout star, Fontaine will attempt to take it to the next level in Proving Ground Pro.

Chase McCoy

“Psycho” Chase McCoy is a man with a growing reputation across the northern Midwest indy circuit. That reputation is winning matches and hurting opponents. Competitors across MN,WI,IL and MI have felt the wrath of “Psycho” Chase. Expecting to be in a title hunt, Chase now brings that unpredictable intensity to the Proving Ground.

Blake Steel

Blake Steel is a true home grown superstar in the making. Dedication and hard work have taken Blake into the title picture at several independent promotions across the Midwest. Expecting to take his career to the next level, Blake has entered the Proving Ground.

“The Business” Bobby Houston

The Business is exactly that..All Business.Bobby is a true Blue Chipper..plying his trade across the Virginia’s and Carolina’s, as well as the Midwest, Bobby Houston is a contender for any title. Singles gold has been his…but Bobby is also a Tag Team expert.so expect the best from Bobby Houston on any night against any opponent.

Dan Lawrence

Dan Lawrence has proven his worth mainly in Chicago area promotions. Dan is a multi-time title holder for several of the the larger promotions in Illinois (and upper Midwest). Whether he was a singles competitor or a tag team member , Dan Lawrence has proven to be a competitor with all the tools to win gold in the Proving Ground.

Christian Rose

Christian Rose, “The Bitter Lunatic’, is really putting himself on the map. Winning singles matches against a who’s who of wrestling was the hallmark of Rose’s 2012. Will this year prove as successful?..Be it tag team or Singles, expect Christian Rose to rise to the top of Proving Ground Pro in 2013.

Matt Cage

Matt cage is a true “see him now” independent star. Fans and promoters alike have taken notice of Cage’s talent and dedication. As both a singles and tag team star, Matt Cage will be a mover and shaker in the Proving Ground.

Alex Castle

Alex Castle is an independent powerhouse on the rise. Alex has gained attention across the central and southern Midwest indy circuit, winning matches and titles along the way. Castle even squared of for the NWA title, an impressive accomplishment for such a young rising star. Castle now looks to make his mark in the Proving Ground.

Bobby Valentino

Bobby Valentino is as smooth as they come in the ring. A true technician who combines aerial abilities with an impressive mat game. Singles or Tag, Bobby has the skills and acumen to be a real player in the Proving Ground.

Mario Crivello

Mario Crivello comes to Proving Ground Pro from the northern Midwest circuit. Mario is athletically gifted, with all the tools. Strength,speed and endurance are all in Crivello’s arsenal. A true on the rise performer, keep an eye on Mario Crivello in the Proving Ground.

Tony Scarpone

A veteran powerhouse from Chicago. There’s no gimmicks needed with Tony, he’s classic old school style. A solid mat game with plenty of power to back it up. He will parlay this combination into a recipe for success. Scarpone Plans to do big things in the Proving Ground.

Zero Gravity
CJ Esparza and Brett Gakiya truly live up to the name Zero Gravity. They have redefined Tag Team Wrestling in the independent ranks. Making a name from coast to coast, the high flying Zero Gravity looks to land Tag Team gold in the Proving Ground.

Cookies & Cream

“Fabulous” Jason V and CC Cerveza are no doubt the most flamboyant team in the Proving Ground. But don’t let the antics fool you, this duo has the skills, psychology and technique to upend any team on any given night. Cookies & Cream look to rise to the top of Proving Ground.

Renaldo Piven
Renaldo Piven is part agent, part manager, part mouthpiece. With unmatched business skills, a keen eye for talent and a razor sharp tongue, Piven consistently keeps his charges in the title hunt wherever he goes. Proving Ground Pro is Renaldo Piven’s next stop.

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New Midwest Wrestling The Hooligans vs Zero Gravity plus Tyler Priegel vs Benz

Posted by flairwhoooooo on January 10, 2013

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7) Zero Gravity ( Brett Gakiya and CJ Esparza)

Posted by flairwhoooooo on August 12, 2011

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Even Powerhouses like Mason Beck can find himself looking up at an onslaught from Zero Gravity.

How can you not love the team of Zero Gravity?

Don’t blink or you will miss them as they will hit you high, then hit you low and back high again. The team of Zero Gravity is always a threat to steal the show.

The first ever PWE tag team champions have returned once again to New Midwest Wrestling providing fans in Springfield to celebrate.

The talented duo who was MWR’S Dubray Tallman’s pick for her favorite tag team never fail to impress as their talents have been sought out past the MWR Coverage area which certainly have cost them spots in this list.

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Pro Wrestling Epic photo recap Mt. Pulaki, IL – Tyler Black vs. Brandon Aarons

Posted by flairwhoooooo on July 15, 2010

Graves starts out strong against fan favorite Krotch. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Krotch was on the ropes early and as dazed as this picture as Graves and Mr Late Nite had a great game plan.(Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Krotch persevered and continued to fight to get the win with surprisingly a little help from Mr. Late Nite. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Graves has Krotch all twisted up.(Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Krotch persevered and continued to fight to get the win with surprisingly a little help from Mr. Late Nite. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

In a shocking development the 6”9 Monster comes to MR. Late Nite’s aid. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

PWE had been put on noticed that Donovan Ruddick was there to make an impact.(Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Krotch pinned Graves With Mr Late Nite.

Dead Sexy yearns to be in a boy band. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Aaron Matthews looks to slow down Brett Gakiya (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Matthews overpowers Gakiya in a match where both teams are known for their speed.(Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Dead Sexy loves to play to the crowd.(Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Jeff Harris continues the momentum of Dead sexy early on.(Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

One of the best tag teams in the country was in trouble early on.(Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

CJ Esparza changes the momentum of the match by heating up on Dead Sexy.(Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Zero Gravity gets ready to explode, will Matthews make it in time?(Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Yes he does, Esparza gets tossed out of the ring allowing Harris to grab a leg.(Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Double DDT from Dead Sexy.(Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Zero Gravity has changed the momentum and looks to take the match and retain the PWE titles but what is Matthews doing?(Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Salt in the eyes of Gakiya takes him out of the match!(Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Shocking development NEW PWE Tag Team Champions. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Dead Sexy – Jeff Harris & Aaron Matthews pinned Zero Gravity – Brett Gakiya & CJ Esparza to win the PWE Tag titles

Allen drills Mephisto face first into the turnbuckle (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Allen tries to put Mephisto to sleep. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Mephisto nails a suplex on Eric Allen.(Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Mephisto pinned Eric Allen

Two friends go face to face as the Future Donovan Ruddick talks to the injured Mississippi Madman, (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Mr Late Nite taunts the Mississippi Madman. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Donovan Ruddick with Mr. Late Nite attacks The Mississippi Madman.

Blake Steel with his Valet (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Blake Steel and Cecil Cerveza in a game of wrestling chess.(Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Steel looks to get out of the grasp of Cerveza.(Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Steel feels confident early on.(Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Sizing Cerveza up for a big move.(Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

A big knee turns it around for Cerveza.(Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Cerveza comes from the top rope.(Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Almost a 1-2-3(Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Cerveza goes high risk and Steel makes him pay.(Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

A big win for Blake Steel and he wants the fans to know all about it.(Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Blake Steel pinned Cecil Cerveza

Knight Wagner takes Zyber Zapertan to school (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

The Charismatic Knight Wagner gets another win and celebrates.(Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Knight Wagner pinned Zyber Zapertan

Ruddick drops the Champion.(Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Mr Late Nite makes sure the ref doesn’t see that he is up to no good. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Karryt lands a big blow much to the surprise of Mr. Late Nite. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

The champion lands a moonsault.(Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Karryt nails a shoulderblock and has Ruddick reeling. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Ruddick’s power bails him out of trouble again. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

MR Late Nite celebrates his biggest win as a manager to this date at Donovan Ruddick becomes the HWC Champion by defeating Karryt.(Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Aarons feels the pain come to him as Black twists his arm.(Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

The Future Donovan Ruddick with Mr. Late Nite pinned Jimmy Karryt to win the HWC Championship.

Ring of Honor World Champion Tyler Black. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Respect from the ROH Champ Tyler Black to Brandon Aarons but once the match started Black was all business. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Black hangs on as Aarons tries to get free. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

The scary part is Tyler Black is a master at his game and he isn’t even in his prime. Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Brandon Aarons retreats to rethink his strategy with the world Champion. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Aarons looked to use his speed but the Champ was ready to catch him and to throw him to the fire outside the ring. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Outside the ring Aarons was in deep trouble. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley

Here we witness wrestling lesson 55 in the match from Tyler Black as he had the PWE US Champion baffled. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Aarons never gives up and gets the boot up just in time. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Is it possible that the PWE US Champion can get the victory from the best wrestler in the world today?(Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Aarons was taking it to the Champ but Black picks him up and ghet(Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

If Aarons nails his patented superkick it is all but done. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Aarons has the full attention of Tyler Black, that may not be a good thing. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Aarons uses his kicks to put Black on his heels.(Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

In a Blink of an eye Aarrons nails a surprise blow.(Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Out of the blue comes Blake Steel to attack the PWE Champion Aarons causing Black to lose via DQ. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Aarons back Steel up only to have him face to face with the ROH Champion.(Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Steel pays for his actions. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

PWE US Champ Brandon Aarons beat ROH World Champion Tyler Black by DQ

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5 reasons not to miss Pro Wrestling Epic in Mt Pulaski this Saturday!! Hint Hint Tyler Black

Posted by flairwhoooooo on June 25, 2010

1) PWE US Champion Brandon Aarons biggest match to date against the current Ring of Honor World Champion Tyler Black. Brandon Aarons is one of the top rising stars in the sport today. Be on hand to cheer this rising star against one of the very best today.

2) The first ever Pro Wrestling Epic Dubi Meets the Fans– The MWR feature Dubi meets the fans is one of the most click on articles on this site. A great way for the fans to meet their favorite Wrestlers! 

Zero Gravity (CJ Esparza/Brett Gakiya)

3) PWE Tag team Title Match between Zero Gravity (CJ Esparza/Brett Gakiya) taking on challangers Dead Sexy (Aaron Matthews/Jeff Harris) for the very first time. Any match that has Zero Gravity in it promises to electrify. Can the team of Dead Sexy keep up with the tag team that defeated the Northstar Express to win the belts and then turn back the challenges of top tag teams of the Hooligans and Feature Presentation?

4) The debut of the #10 MWR Trading Card Tyler Black– Yes MWR fans this will be your first chance to get your hands on this fantastic card with photography from Scott Finkelstein. Come and get this from the World Champion himself!!

5) A chance to catch a free MWR T-shirt from a PWE Superstar. In the past wrestling stars Santana G, Evan Money, Sir Bradley Charles, Tyler Cook, Edmund Livewire McGuire, Adam Rich and Shorty Biggs have all help MWR give to the fans. Come to find out who will wear it this weekend and have a chance to get your hands on one of the Midwest most worn wrestling shirts.

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PRO WRESTLING EPIC RETURNS THIS SATURDAY!

Posted by flairwhoooooo on June 22, 2010

We are just under a week away from Pro Wrestling Epic’s return to Mount Pulaski, IL on Saturday, June 26. Here is an in depth look at the main event match.

THE TALE OF THE TAPE…

TYLER BLACK:

Height: 6 ft 1in

Weight: 220 lbs.

Trained By: DANNY DANIELS

Years Pro: 5

-Current Ring of Honor Champion

: BRANDON AARONS:

Height: 6 ft

Weight: 170 lbs.

Trained By: DINGO

Years Pro: 4

– -Current Pro Wrestling Epic U.S. Champion

IHW Heavyweight Champion

After capturing his first PWE championship title, back in April, with an impressive victory over then United States Champion Mark Sterling, Brandon Aarons looks to prove that he is not just the flavor of the month in Pro Wrestling Epic.

Aarons looks to gain respect as he prepares for arguably the toughest challenge of his young career, when he steps into the ring with current Ring Of Honor World Champion, Tyler Black.

To followers of the independent professional wrestling landscape, Tyler Black is a staple, not only because of his present status in ROH, but also because of his legitimate claim to being one of the top pro wrestlers on the planet, having been ranked at #17 on Pro Wrestling Illustrated Magazine’s “PWI 500” in 2009.

While Brandon Aarons is not yet a household name across the globe, he has spent the better part of the last year, establishing himself one victory at a time defeating some of the best talent that the midwest has to offer.

Key wins over current NWA Central States Champion Mark Sterling,as well as Mike Sydal, (brother of WWE superstar Evan Bourne), both of whom he defeated for their respective titles, have helped to raise the stock of Brandon Aarons in Pro Wrestling Epic.

In addition to those accomplishments, Aarons is also the current flagship of Independent Hardcore Wrestling, having held the Heavyweight title since February.

Can his momentum carry him to the next level of what can only be decribed as his breakout year? Find out on June 26 in Mt. Pulaski.

Main Event: Non Title Match

Brandon Aarons vs Tyler Black

Pro Wrestling Epic Tag Team Championship Match

Champions: Challengers:

“Zero Gravity” vs “Dead Sexy”

(CJ Esparza/Brett Gakiya) (Aaron Matthews/Jeff Harris)

“The Apex” Blake Steel w/Melody & Bull Schmidt vs Cecil Cerveza

Eric Allen vs Mephisto

Krotch vs Graves w/ Mr. Late Nite

Matty Montcalm vs Knight Wagner
and MUCH MORE!

Tyler Black retained his Ring of Honor World Championship this past weekend against Davey Richards at Death Before Dishonor IPPV in what many are calling could be a match of the year. Let’s take a look at this past weekends event.

Please do not forget to check out the official Tyler Black website here as well as the Ring of Honor Website here.

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A look at the first half of 2010 in the MWR Coverage area. Nominate your favorite.

Posted by flairwhoooooo on May 16, 2010

By Brian Kelley

We are very close to the half year of 2010 and what a year it has been!

In the past few months both WWE and TNA have hosted PPV’S with WWE’S Elimination Chamber and TNA’S lockdown that was also headline with a fan interaction that allowed fans to meet stars such as Kurt Angle, AJ Styles, Rob Vam Dam, Jeff Hardy and most of the rest of the TNA roster.

Old school fans can be happy that they have had a chance to meet the stars that brought memories that will last a lifetime when at TNA’S legends main event brought in the biggest stars of the 80’s and beyond with Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan and Sting.

The fun would keep coming when you were able meet other stars such as former WWE World Champion Bob Backland, Roddy Piper, Road Warrior Animal, Jimmy Snuka along with several other greats during Wrestling Legends on Tour.

On the Indy front I have to believe that everyone involved with their promotions needs to feel thrilled with the support and attendance from the fans as attendance and action has picked up for the most part at most shows.

Former WLW Wrestler  Dennis T McHawes released an autobiography called “Blood Tables and Chairs that allows fans to get a glimpse of the Indy scene not to long ago.

Mike Sydal continues his rise to the National spotlight after winning the PWI Rookie of the Year he followed that up by wrestling during WRESTLEMANIA weekend with Ring of Honor in a six man tag team race and earned the pin fall for his team.

Will Metro Pro Wrestling jump over the competition in 2010 with their debut at Memorial Hall on June 4th?

Till then lets look at 2010 shortly and what to forward to.

Let’s start out alphabetical.

3XWrestlingThe 2008 MWR Promotion of the year continues their standard of excellence with some great action. 3XW Heavyweight Champion Jeremy Wyatt and Ring of Honor a World Champion Tyler Black earned a standing ovation in April when the two went to a draw. Rory Fox who came close in 09 by taking out “The Belt Collector” won the May “Gauntlet for the Gold”. This could easily set up Wyatt vs. Fox feud part 2, one that would be great for the fans.

3XW Pure Wrestling Champion Kraig Kessaman has been rolling through the company using the deadly “Nordic Spike” maneuver and has not been pinned at 3XW in 23 months. While 3XW cruiserweight Champion Jimmy Rockwell came very close in defeating 3XW Champion Jeremy Wyatt at the Over the top show earlier this month

On a sad note the very popular tag team The High Flyers of Zach Thompson and Mike Sydal was forced by Todd Countryman to go against each other in a loser leaves town match that saw Thompson earned quite possibly the biggest win his short career by defeating the smoking red hot Sydal.

All American Pro Wrestling – Exciting feuds , shocking moments and near riots mixed in with former WWE and TNA Superstars brought AAPW among the top of the most talked about promotions in the area coverage.

The year started off with the very popular Edmund “Livewire” McGuire holding the AAPW Championship. During a title defense against the popular and powerful Mississippi Madman that would soon end. McGuire’s mountain to retain was huge but the backstabbing of McGuire’s best friend Shane Rich during the match would cost him the title and a feud is set to happen anytime. Rich was suspended for his actions. The fans and McGuire have been itching for a rematch BUT…

The Madman would find himself in the fire quickly as the 2008 MWR Wrestler of the Year Jeremy Wyatt came knocking for the belt. The Madman would retain but not before a near riot almost broke out. AAPW had no other option but to sign a rematch between the two at the very next show. Problems arose when Rich talked his way into the match making it a 3way and capitalizing by taking home the belt.

As of press time AAPW is set to bring to the Midwest WWE’S Jerry Lawler and Kevin Thorn and more AAPW matches at RENT ONE Park on May 22 in prior to a minor league baseball game. AAPW has also brought in TNA’S Andy Douglas and WWE/ECW’S Simon Dean…. We can all look forward to McGuire vs. Rich in the second half of the year.

High Voltage Wrestling – What High Voltage Wrestling lacked in amount of shows they made up for it in quality of matches and continuing their tradition of debuting some of the top stars in the St Louis area. During HVW’s first year they brought you “The Internaininal Superstar” Kahagas, TNA’S Santana G, The Hooligans, Matt Cage, Zero Gravity and Tony Kozina and in their second year they brought to you the very exciting Ryan Phoenix, Flash Flannigan, Dan the Manand Sir Bradley Charles.

Kahagas vs. Flash Flannigan was an instant hit and when the HVW Tag Champions the Hooligans went against the KC Killers the ropes would break but the action would not. Santana G would earn the respect of one of the greatest women wrestlers in the world MsChif and earn the respect of her and the two would team up once again.

Young Brandon Aarons would get a huge win for the fan favorites by defeating fellow young star Mike Sydal for the HVW Livewire Championship.

The HVW Champion has been defending the title around world and looks to face on all challenges in 2010.

Independent Hardcore Wrestling– IHW has been filled with packed shows with action throughout the building. Filled with stars who do not get as much hype like Billy McNeil, Steve Kennedy, Eric Allen, Mephisto and Brandon Aarons they have made themselves a legit promotion and giving the fans their money’s worth.

Former TNA Star Mickie Knuckles and the Great Cheyenne continue the improvement of the  women wrestling Midwest while Eric Allen’s exciting Illinois state Championship shocked the Midwest. IHW Champion Brandon Aarons match with Kennedy was an instant classic. MR Late Nite looks to make his mark in the Midwest to finish off 2010.

IHW heats up the summer in 2010 with a stacked card on June 12th in Dupo Illinois when Mickie Knuckles returns to take on Mia Martinez, SLAM The Canadian Wrestling Hall of Fame’s Tony Kozina will take on exciting Bailey Mannix; Champions will collide when IHW Champion Aarons will meet IHW Illinois Champion Allen in a street fight.

IWA Productions – One of the biggest announcements of the first half had to do with IWA P bringing at their free Wednesdays show last week when non other than ICP came into bring fans to their feet. So much excitement that IWA P had to turn fans away do to a fire code. ALL for free.

In January they brought in former WWE Superstar the Honky Tonk Man and their students stepped up to provide a much talked about match between Christian Rose and Danny Cannon ladder match.

A mixture of free shows and paid shows that has also showcased Matt Cage taking on former WWE Champion Eugene, Ladies star Ann Brookstone along with “Homicidal” Steven Davis provide the fans with some top notch excitement.

Metro East Championship Wrestling– Wrestling in Woodriver provides the fans with an exciting night to hang with friends and family. The promotion had a set back when the MECW had to announce that champion Mannix was unable to defend due to an injury. Mannix though respect for his talent was hated for his actions meant that possibly one of the fan favorites such as Devin Carter or the “Kid” Evan Money could get their chance as MECW Gold.

Imagine the disappointment when bad guy Eric Allen was able to win the 8 man tournament and gain his second title in months. Who will be able to take the title back from EA? Will it be Carter in his rematch on the 22nd, or will Gabriel Brimstone, Brian Scrilla, or the returning Shawn Santel come back to glory.

MECW Tag team champions The Bayou Outlaws are one of the most underappreciated teams in the Midwest and loved by the fans.

On a National level MECW can hang their head up high Barry Ryte in his opportunity to appear at the 14th annual ECWA Super 8 Tournament later this summer on Sat. July 10, 2010 in Newark DE.

MMWA-SICWThe 2009 MWR Promotion of the Year has seen some exciting new faces and old friends join the veterans of the South Broadway Athletic Club. Impressive Dave Vaughn has taken on all challenges in his way including the powerful Donnovan Ruddick.
Speaking of Ruddick the Manager of Champions Travis Cook looks to take him to the top as he has signed him to his stable “The Connections.” With the skills of Ruddick and the mind of Cook these two could be unstoppable.

Brandon Espinosa has returned with a vengeance and is currently the MMWA-SICW JR Heavyweight Champion as well as the MMWA-SICW Battle Royal Champion. Will he set his sights on becoming a Triple Crown championship?

Life is not all good in the world of Travis Cook; he has agitated the returning MMWA-SICW Superstar Ron Powers and Danny Boy. In Cooks favor is the fact that Gary Jackson has also wanted a piece of his old rival Powers.

On a National scene the St Louis Wrestling Hall of Fame that is located at the SBAC presented Ric Flair, Bobby Hennan, Dory Funk JR and Baron Von Raschke with their HOF Plaques at the TNA Fan interaction.

What Midwest Superstars will make their debut at MMWA-SICW in the rest of 2010? I can not wait to find out.

New Midwest Wrestling – The newest promotion at MWR, New Midwest have been around for a long time entertaining fans in Sprinfield Illinois.

The NMW Roster brings together an exciting roster with Cory Carter, Guy Smith, Ryan Phoenix, Dan the Man and Blake Steel as well the New Midwest Wrestling Champion Jonathan Magnus.

New Midwest Wrestling returns this week with Capital Punishment 2010 as Magnus have his title threatened when Rip Mystic comes after him.

NWA Dynamo Pro Wrestling– NWA Dynamo has slowly been building steam heading into the second half of 2010. Home of the NWA Missouri Champion Davey Vega and NWA Central States Championship Mark Sterling they brought us the battle of Champions when the two took on each other during their May 1 show where Vega tapped out to the 2009 MWR Wrestler of the Year.

NWA Missouri Champion Vega will look to get back on track when he takes on Dragon Gate star Kyle O’Reilly on May 22nd.

Like I said a quiet year so far for this top promotion but look for them to sprint to the top in 2010.

NWA Supreme – MWR was honored to be invited to check out this exciting promotion early this year and we were impressed. The giant Bear ST Pierre and the electrifying Da Cobra brings to the ring a fast paced wrestling show with a punch in the Face.

NWA Supreme Champion Da Cobra has been red hot and will look to add Danny Cannon on his list of men he sent home packing. Bear ST Pierre has survived the onslaught on Jeremy Wyatt and De Andre King and Guy Smith and on May 29 he will have the formidable foe of Christian Rose looking to take home the title.

. The Hooligans and the Hybrids tore each other apart in the cage and it looks to only getting hotter as the summer comes around.

Fan have to be excited as the NWA Supreme brings you the NWA Midwest Championship match between the Shiek with Joey Eastman and Silas Young as well on the 29th.

Pro Wrestling Epic – One of the youngest promotions in the MWR Coverage area has been working hard to get respect. Signing some of the top names in the sport they boast some of the top talents in the Midwest today.

One fallback to that statement is that the PWE Champion Keith Walker has been in Japan meaning that he is unable to defend the title as needed. Even with Walker out the states they have the new PWE US Champion Brandon Aarons and the PWE tag team Champions Zero Gravity on their roster.

At their only show of the year the night started of with Mark Sterling as the PWE US Champion. Sterling defeated Mike Sydal then announced to the crowd that he was not done. He would be more than happy to beat anyone else in the locker room. Aarons showed true heart by answering the call even though he was defeated by Wyatt earlier in the night. Amazingly Aarons would defeat Sterling and become the PWE US Champion.

PWE and Aarons returns with their biggest test to date when PWE US Champion Brandon Aarons takes on Ring of Honor World Champion Tyler Black go at it in a match that you will not want to miss.

Pro Wrestling Phoenix– The faction known as Murder Milita looked to have PWP on their knees and in total control at the start of the year. The Murder Militia (Jeremy Wyatt, #1 Brett Young, Mark Sterling, Joey Daniels & Jayden Draigo) would find that Team PWP (PWP Heavyweight Champion ”Babyface” Tony Cortez, Abu Colossus, Jaysin Strife, Chris Havius & Donnie Peppercricket) was not going to back down for nothing.

The bomb is about to go off in the name of WAR Games this coming Saturday. Will the Militia continue to leave the PWP Wrestlers and fans in fear heading into 2010?
Young David Clark, Jimmy Rockwell and Zac James is set to battle in a ladder match for the chance to get a chance at any PWP Championship that night as well.

The PWP Champion Babyface Tony Cortez has defeated Jeremy Wyatt, Joey Daniels Jimmy Rockwell and Jaysin Strife since becoming the Champion last December.

World League WrestlingHarley Race’s WLW took their time to get back in the game in 2010 but it was well worth the wait.

Starting off the year they had a tournament to crown new WLW Tag Champions and lo and behold Steve Fender and Mark Sterling walked away with the coveted tag team titles. Sterling and Fender are two of the most rounded wrestlers in singles, together they are scary good.

On the Singles from the WLW Title has been filled with action as the powerful Trent Stone held the title till in front of over 300 people in Richmond former WWE Superstar Trevor Murdoch pinned him in a leather strap match to regain the title.

It won’t be easy for Murdoch as Stone, Brian Breaker along with impressive young stars Jack Gamble, Ryan Drago, the Cancun Kid and Eathon Wright will all have their eyes to get to the top of the Mountain.

The WLW Ladies Champion Amy Hennig finds herself with competition all around as TNA’S Santana G earned a DQ victory from Hennig and the unknown Angelus Layne made her debut at WLW Keokuk IA. Some of the most exciting matches in women’s wrestler may well come from WLW.

That is a look at some of the promotions in the first half of the year. We are asking for the Promotions, Wrestlers and Fans to send in their thoughts on who was the best of the best in the first half year at MWR.

There will not be a winner announced for this but this will help the MWR Awards committee to not forget in the 2010 MWR Awards who is deserving. In each category there is some strong competition if the vote was to be voted on today I could not guess who would walk away the winners.

Wrestler of the Year first half
Tag team of the Year First Half
Promotion of the Year First Half
Women of the Year First Half
Match of the Year First Half

Please send in your nominations for the previous promotions to flairwhoooooo@yahoo.com

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