I went to bed last night looking for the right words (if there are any) to give my respects on the passing of Harley Race’s wife BJ.
There is no doubt that BJ Race was one of the most influential people in the Midwest wrestling scene. I last saw BJ a week ago in Eldon Missouri when WLW successfully celebrated their 10 year anniversary. We got there early for the meet and greet and the place was stacked with people excited about the day’s events. I wished that I would have said more than a hello but she looked to be stressed with all the hard work that it takes to put on a show so I knew that then was not the time.
Throughout the 10 years that I have been going to WLW events the first person I usually saw there was BJ. I would be lying if I told you that we were close friends but memories of her telling Bret Hart at the International Wrestling Institute and Museum in Newton Iowa at the time that my girlfriend Dubray and I were one of WLW’S biggest fans seemed to make the trip that much more special. I am forever grateful that she let us give away a free MWR T-shirt in Richmond MO at a WLW event and later allowed me to interview WLW Superstars Amy Hennig, Superstar Steve Fender and WWE’S Eugene.
She was a wonderful host to the MWR family when we took a tour of their training faculty and allowed us to come into Harley Race’s office for a memorable day. It’s amazing that the time we saw each other were indeed short, but unforgettable.
More importantly than the loss of BJ to the wrestling world, our hearts and prayers go out to Harley Race, her kids, family and friends in this time of sorrow.
Brian “Flair” Kelley and the MWR Team
The October 2009 edition of 3XWrestling’s acclaimed web show catches up wrestling fans on all the news following the successful Clobberpalooza Classic II event in September and builds toward October’s Halloween Horror III event.
Featuring promos and interviews with 3XW Heavyweight champion “The Rebel” Jeremy Wyatt, The Gentlemen’s Club, The Horndogs, “The Rockstar” Jimmy Rockwell, 3XW Tag Team champions The High Flyers, “The Laotian Sensation” Ricky Kwong and Rory Fox.
A great highlight video building up the Pure Wrestling title rematch between Kraig Keesaman and Tyler Cook.
Other footage includes Al Snow in 3XW, Rory Fox’s remarkable debut victory, Kwong turning on “The Right Price” Aaron Masterson, Casanova joining the Gentlemen’s Club, and the High Flyers defending the tag team titles over Sheik Abdul Bashir and Arya Daivari.
That’s not all!!! 3XWrestling sent us some Chaotic six-man tag team action as 3XW Tag Team champions The Gentlemen’s Club (Gage Octane and Mark Sterling with Todd Countryman) team with 3XW Pure Wrestling champion “The Rebel” Jeremy Wyatt to take on the awesome challenge of powerhouse Maddog McDowell, heartthrob Tyler Cook and 3XW Cruiserweight champion “The Rockstar” Jimmy Rockwell.
Will all six men be too exhausted from this bout to pose a realistic threat in the Gauntlet for the Gold battle royal later in the night? You can purchase the full event DVD at http://www.3xwrestling.com/to find out and see this entire awesome event. This battle was held on May 15, 2009 as part of 3XW‘s “May Flowers of POWER!” event at the Des Moines Social Club, 3XW‘s central Iowa home arena. Commentary provided by Midnight Guthrie and Chad Mylan. Footage