By Kari Williams
Mid-Missouri Wrestling Association—Southern Illinois Championship Wrestling (MMWA-SICW) Commissioner Keith Smith recently came out of retirement to face Travis Cook and Shaft in his efforts to create a buzz concerning the upcoming South Broadway Athletic Club hall of fame. A number of former MMWA-SICW wrestlers—Giant Assassin, Danny Boy and Big Daddy—will return, either in a special guest or active wrestling capacity.
South Broadway Athletic Club’s professional wrestling and boxing league has been active for 110 years, making them the longest running company in the United States. SBAC President Paul Randick, Al Bauman and Tony Casts had the initial idea for a hall of fame for the club, with Smith and Tim Miller heading the wrestling portion.
According to Smith, MMWA-SICW wants to pay homage to those who came before them and allowed them to live out their dreams, as Smith has done. Smith began wrestling at 14-years-old in the back room of South Broadway Athletic Club in the 1980s with help from Wrestling at the Chase Star Pat O’ Connor.
MMWA-SICW stars from the past will return to commemorate the event. There have been talks of ‘legends’ matches and appearances, such as when Rocky Johnson took out The Connection in East Carondelet.
“Since the H.0.F. covers all of SBAC (not only wrestling), most of the inductions will take place at Club functions. When SBAC inducts new members to the H0F at these events, we will recap the wrestlers that made the H0F on tv and try to have them accept at our live events in front of the crowd,” said Tim Miller.
The induction will potentially take place at SBAC’s Reunion Rumble event, which incorporates both boxing and wrestling events. More information will be provided as soon as it’s released.