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You have seen her earn the respect of MsChif in singles action at High Voltage Wrestling. You saw her on Spike TV live and in living color on Total Nonstop Wrestling. You have seen her at IWA-Mid South. Click on the TNA Website and you can see her beside the controversial Orlando Jordan. You cheered her on as she teamed up with MsChif to defeat Serenity and Jessika Haze.
Just last month she debut out at Harley Race’s World League Wrestling in Richmond and Concordia Missouri on April 24 and 24th respectively.
Now you can own the card of the Midwest hottest wrestling star today Santana G!!
Des Moines-based 3XWrestling Co-Promotes with Mid Iowa Rollers
Local companies work together to support upcoming events
DES MOINES, Iowa – Two Des Moines-based sports and entertainment companies have joined forces in a show of mutual support.
On May 7th, members of the undefeated Rollers squad (3-0) appeared at 3XW‘s highly successful Over the Top event at the Des Moines Social Club. The toughest women in Des Moines appeared in the corner of Claudia Del Solis during her battle with international wrestling star Malia Hosaka. These great local athletes also took time out of their schedules to greet fans and promote local women’s roller derby at a booth during the wrestling event.
On May 22nd, the Mid Iowa Rollers will return the favor by hosting 3XW stars Rory Fox (of MTV and WWE television fame) and Hunter Matthews and broadcaster Midnight Guthrie. The 3XW contingent is scheduled to appear during halftime of the Rollers battle with the Sioux City Roller Dames at Hy-Vee Hall. Fans of wrestling and roller derby alike will also have the opportunity to meet these local wrestling stars at a booth at the event.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a 7:00 p.m. start time and advance tickets are available at Dahl’s Foods locations, http://www.dahlstickets.com, 1-866-55-DAHLS, and the Wells Fargo Arena box office.
WARGAMES CAGE MATCH!
Murder Milita: Jeremy Wyatt, Brett Young, Mark Sterling, Joey Daniels & Jayden Draigo
Tony Cortez, Abu Colossus, Jaysin Strife, Chris Havius & Donnie Peppercricket
PWP LEGENDS COLLIDE!
Anarchist Arik Cannon
More will be announced very soon, keep coming back as details arise,
tell all your friends and be there May 22! Same Time, Same Place, Same Great Value!
National Guard Armory
2415 E. Kanesville Blvd.
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
Bell Time: 7:00
General Admission: $10
Tickets are only $10 for the biggest event in PWP history!
PWP fans we will have 6 new PWP DVDs for sale at the Anniversary show! They are the following:
“A New Era” April 26, 2008
*PWP Heavyweight Championship: “Babyface Tony Cortez (c) Vs. “Anarchist” Arik Cannon
*PWP Tag Team Championship: LONR’s (c) Vs. Northstar Express
PLUS 7 MORE HUGE MATCHES!
“PWP 3rd Year Anniversary Spectacular” May 10, 2008
*4 Way Elimination for PWP Heavyweight Championship: “Babyface” Tony Cortez (c) Vs. Abu Colossus Vs. “Rebel” Jeremy Wyatt Vs. Jaysin Strife
*”Anarchist” Arik Cannon Vs. ECW, TNA, WWE Superstar Jerry Lynn
PLUS 6 MORE HUGE MATCHES!
“Shadow Of Colossus” July 5, 2008
*PWP Heavyweight Championship: Abu Colossus (c) Vs. “Babyface” Tony Cortez
PLUS 6 MORE HUGE MATCHES!
“Battle Of The Phoenix 08″ July 19, 2008
*The Annual Phoenix Challenge
*Jaysin Strife & Vic Victory Vs. Hype Gotti & “Babyface” Tony Cortez
PLUS 5 MORE HUGE MATCHES!
“Raising The Bar” August 16, 2008
*PWP Heavyweight Championship: Abu Colossus (c) Vs. #1 Brett Young
* Street Fight: The Passion Zac James w/ Deidre Vs. Tyler Pride
PLUS 6 MORE HUGE MATCHES!
“Night Of The Rebel II” October 25, 2008
*PWP Heavyweight Championship: Abu Colossus (c) Vs. “Rebel” Jeremy Wyatt
*PWP Tag Team Championship: LONRs (c) Vs. Northstar Express
PLUS 6 MORE HUGE MATCHES!
These are in limited quantity so be there early to make sure you can get them! Thanks!
Also, PWP IS on FACEBOOK! Please look us up!
By Brian Kelley
There is no one today that compares to “Big Thunder” Gene Kiniski , stated legendary St Louis announcer Larry Matysik. At 6”4 272 pounds Eugene Nicholas “Gene” Kiniski quickly made an impact with his size and energy that would not stop.
Born outside of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Kiniski was a natural athlete earning him a scholarship to the University of Arizona . After collage he played with the Edmund Eskimos football team. An injury would force his football to come to an end.
Pro Footballs loss was Pro Wrestling’s game. Kiniski would train with Dory Funk JR and Tony Morelli. He quickly earned a chance at the NWA title held by the great Lou Thesz.at the Olympic Auditorium on November 3, 1954. The veteran Thesz would defeat Kiniski in two straight falls but this would not be the last time these two would meet. .
After earning a reputation in the states at one of the top bad guys, Kiniski would return home finding one of his main rivals in Whipper Billy Watson. The two were would enjoy television exposure on CBS where their exciting feud was often featured.
Kiniski’s rival Watson would end Thesz’s 6 year stranglehold on the NWA title on March 15, 1956 in Toronto . Kiniski was a true threat to the NWA championship for the remainder of the decade.
In the Midwest Kiniski was often involved in the hottest feuds in Sam Muchnick’s Wrestling at the Chase. Wild Bill Longson would wrestle his last match in a tag team war with partner Whipper Billy Watson after Kiniski slammed Watson on the outside allowing Rip Hawk to get the pinfall.
In front of a sellout crowd at the Kiel Auditorium Kiniski would get a huge win against arch rival Whipper Billy Watson in the very first Texas Death match in St Louis . A back and forth battle that saw Kiniski get the win after 6 falls…yes 6 falls when Watson could not continue after the devastating backbreakers of Kiniski. This win led to him getting two opportunities at the NWA World title then held by Pat O’ Connor in St Louis.
Kiniski would be unable to defeat O’ Conner but he would go on to win titles wherever he went, enraging fans with his sarcasm and referring to himself as “ Canada ’s greatest athlete”.
On July 11 1961 he would win his very first world title by defeating American Wrestling Association Champion Verne Gagne. His title would be short lived as Gagne would regain it 28 days later. Kiniski continued to Main event wherever he went because the promoters knew he could deliver. The remainder of the 60’s Kiniski traveled the world challenging the best wrestlers of his day.
In Japan he headlined with wrestling legend Shohei “Giant” Baba while trips to the then WWWF (WWE) had him going against Bruno Sammartino in the historic Madison Square Garden .
Back in St Louis a young Nick Bockwinkel was set to debut in St Louis against Kiniski but Fritz Von Erich attacked Kiniski with the deadly claw thus keeping him from taking on the future world champion. Bockwinkel would go on to meet Don Plechas and win his first match in 2 out 3 falls. On May 14th 1965 Kiniski would get his revenge from Von Erich in a Texas Death Match at the Keil Auditorium
St Louis would also be the place that Kiniski would get his biggest career win on January 7 1966 when he defeated NWA World Champion Lou Thesz in two out three falls. Matysik recalls it as such Thesz won the first fall, Kiniski was awarded the second fall by DQ when Thesz threw Kiniski over the top rope. The St Louis wrestling fans were very respected and educated just as the St Louis Cardinals fans are today. At first the crowd booed because Kiniski was so hated but it quickly became cheers because they knew how special a NWA Title change was. Lou Thesz would show respect by shaking the new Champions hand cementing the special occasion.
NWA World Championship (Atlanta, GA 4/14/67) NO SOUND
Kiniski would be a fighting champion traveling around the world from his home country in Canada to Japan and throughout the states taking on the best in Thesz, Dick the Bruiser, Terry and Dory Funk Jr and many more during his three years of greatness.
It would be Dory Funk JR. that would defeat Kiniski in Tampa Florida on February 11, 1969 to end his title reign. Kiniski would continue to headline around the world winning titles and drawing big houses.
After Kikiski’s days were long gone, Kiniski and Matysik was driving by the Kiel Auditorium, they spoke of the changes of wrestling throughout the years. Kiniski put it in perspective “I don’t begrudge anyone in the business making money but be sure to let the fans know there was matches in that building that will never be done again.
The loving father of two sons, Nick and Kelly who followed in their dads footsteps to become pro wrestlers. Kiniski referred the main event of the inaugural NWA Starrcade (Ric Flair vs. NWA World Champion Harley Race in a steel cage) in 1983.
Kiniski was inducted into the Tragos/Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in Newton, Iowa in 2004 and a member of the St. Louis Wrestling Hall of Fame – Hall of Fame .
On April 14, 2010 Kiniski at aged 81, passed away from cancer at his home in Blaine, Washington.
~~~~Special thanks to Larry Matysik for his words of wisdom and allowing me to use his wonderful book From the Golden Era- The St Louis Wrestling Record Book 1959 to 1963 .If you would like to buy this wonderful treasure back in time click here.
By Dubray Tallman
Dubray Tallman back with “Dubi meets the fans” and on this edition we have a double shot weekend with World League Wrestling from Richmond Missouri on April 23rd and April 24th from Concordia Missouri .
We arrived at WLW on Friday afternoon and Brian tried to be cheap and save money on a motel room by looking around town, but the locals stated that they wouldn’t recommend anything but Super 8. Brian was on vacation so he back down from going elsewhere. When we checked in, the price for a Jacuzzi room was not much difference and with our AAA membership we got 10% off…. So I had something to look forward to after the matches’ yay.
When we got to the gym the place was buzzing as the small town of Richmond had come together to support young who was in need of a double lung transplant. A huge crowd was ready for wrestling and the place was filled with kids excited about the matches ahead.
WLW had some new faces since we last had the chance to see them but our good friend Dan Gier was still there as well as Johnny Gold who it seems has been on his best behavior since he has not been leading his stable the Gold Exchange at WLW. Brian was busy talking WLW with Bill Smith and I was on the hunt to find fans for Dubi meets the fans.
I caught up with Amy Hennig’s Superfan Frankie H from Richmond who jumped at the chance to be a part of this and have his picture with Amy. Brian has always been on the excited side for Amy since the first time we had seen her in Slater, MO. Her father was a wrestler who he grew up with. Brian could not get over how much more improved she has become throughout the year.
Who wouldn’t want their picture taken with the Champ? Mason Mathews would have to agree as he was all smiles when Trent Stone was kind enough to pose with him prior to his leather strap match with Trevor Murdoch.
Speaking of Trevor’s, Trevor Murdoch would meet Masons brother Trevor Mathews from Hardin Missouri. Murdoch and Mathews would have fun doing the Murdoch signal together for the picture.
Trevor Murdoch was very popular throughout the night and Richmond’s Alexander family of Shawn, Cassie, Trevon and Jordon all took a family pose with the talented Murdoch.
It was my chance to choose a wrestler for my picture with a WLW star. I watched Eathon Wright show a lot of heart in his match with Mark Sterling so he won me over for the night.
The next night we were at WLW in Concordia and while Brian was sweating thinking about what he was going to say in the Mark Sterling presentation for his award, I made my rounds for Dubi meets the WLW Fans in Concordia Missouri edition.
I first caught up with another fans of Trevor Murdoch in Eric and Jazlynn Camerrer from Concordia Missouri.
Keith Garrison was taking his friend Megan Olinger to wrestling for the very first time. They stated they were happy with anyone so that we could choose. I was happy to see another young star from WLW come up to meet the fans when the speedy Cancun Kid came to pose with Keith and Megan. I hope that Megan enjoyed the show.
Standley Langkraehr has bought an 8×10 of another young wrestler and had chosen Jack Gamble to pose with him.
I was on the fence on who I wanted my picture taken with on the evening and I decided that beings that Johnny Gold had changed his evil ways that he should be rewarded with a picture with yours truly Dubray Tallman
For real guys I would like to thank the fans as well as the wrestlers for being part of this edition of Dubi meets the fans.
Till then be good
WATERLOO, Iowa – Four wrestlers from four of the most esteemed pro wrestling families will be inducted into the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame, Class of 2010.
Living members of this year’s class are Terry Funk and Paul Vachon. Being inducted posthumously are George Gordienko, Warren Bockwinkel, and Stanislaus Zbyszko.
Mick Foley (pictured above), one of the most recognized professional wrestlers in the world, will receive the Frank Gotch Award for bringing positive recognition to the sport outside the ring.
Rene Goulet will receive the Lou Thesz Award in recognition of meritorious public service and J Michael Kenyon will receive the Jim Melby Award for excellence in wrestling journalism.
“This is an outstanding class,” said Kyle Klingman, executive director of the Dan Gable International Wrestling Institute and Museum. “All eight award winners have had a tremendous influence on professional wrestling.”
Induction Weekend is scheduled for July 9-10 at the Dan Gable International Wrestling Institute and Museum in Waterloo. Along with the Induction Ceremony, there will be a Celebrity Golf Tournament on Friday at 10 a.m., and a pro wrestling show at 7 p.m. at nearby Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center.
On April 20, 1909, World Heavyweight champion Frank Gotch defended his title against former American champion Dan McLeod. The match took place at the Syndicate Theatre where the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center currently stands. The life and legacy of Frank Gotch will be recognized at the beginning of the show. Mick Foley will also be recognized as this year’s Frank Gotch Award winner.
This year’s pro card includes a special training seminar with pro wrestling legends Terry Funk and Mick Foley. TS Aggressor of Impact Pro Wrestling will also provide instruction. There will be a special VIP question and answer session with Terry Funk and Mick Foley from 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. before the fan fest.
The fan fest will start at 5:30 p.m. and include an autograph signing with pro wrestling legends and celebrities from the world of sport. Entrance to the fan fest is included with the purchase of a ticket.
“There is so much for pro wrestling fans to be excited about this year,” said Impact Pro Wrestling owner Troy Peterson. “Terry Funk has had one of the longest and most illustrious careers in the history of the sport. Mick Foley is one of the most recognizable names in pro wrestling today.
“Both have made very few appearances in the Midwest, making this a rare opportunity for fans to interact with two living legends. I am also excited about two of my favorite wrestlers, Paul Vachon and Nick Bockwinkel, being in Waterloo for the festivities. A fabulous weekend is in store for anyone making the trip to Waterloo.”
Tickets are $15 for ringside and $10 for general admission. Tickets for the question and answer session are $25, or you can purchase a ringside tickets and entrance to the Q & A for just $30 total. Tickets will go on sale on May 17 and can be purchased in person at the Dan Gable International Wrestling Institute and Museum or online at http://www.wrestlingmuseum.org.
Anyone interested in the training seminar or the pro wrestling show should contact Troy Peterson at email@example.com or by calling (515) 306-4801.
The official induction into the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame will take place at noon on Saturday, July 10. An autograph signing will take place at 1 p.m.
This year’s post-induction activities include a special autograph and book signing, a round table discussion with current and past inductees, and a special viewing of “Beyond the Mat”. Both Mick Foley and Terry Funk are focal points in the documentary and they will be at the museum during the viewing.
The round table discussion will be moderated by Brian Hoops, Nostalgia Columnist, Pro Wrestling Torch. The weekend festivities will be filmed and made into a commemorative DVD following the event with all proceeds going to the Dan Gable International Wrestling Institute and Museum. The induction ceremony will be shown live on Live Sports Video as well.
“This will be our most extensive induction weekend to date,” said Gable Museum Marketing Director Kent Sesker. “We want to have an exciting weekend for the fans.”
Anyone interested in more information about the professional wrestling weekend or purchasing tickets can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (319) 233-0745. A complete schedule of events and biographies of each of the eight award winners are listed below.
Schedule of events
Friday, July 9
10 a.m. – 11th Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament at Irv Warren Memorial Golf Course
12:30 p.m. – Training session begins at Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center with TS Aggressor of Impact Pro Wrestling
1:30 p.m. – Training session with Terry Funk and Mick Foley begins
4 p.m. – Question and answer session with Mick Foley, Terry Funk and other legends
5:30 p.m. – Fan Fest prior to the pro wrestling show. Fan Fest includes pro wrestling stars and several former athletes for an autograph signing
7 p.m. – Pro Wrestling Show at Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center begins
Saturday, July 10
9 a.m. – Dan Gable International Wrestling Institute and Museum open to the public
Noon – Official inductions into the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame
1 p.m. – Autograph and book signing and special viewing of “Beyond the Mat”
2:30 p.m. – Round table discussion moderated by Brian Hoops, Nostalgia Columnist, Pro Wrestling Torch
Sunday, July 11
9 a.m. to noon – Dan Gable International Wrestling Institute and Museum open to the public
Class of 2010
Known for his hardcore wrestling style, Terry Funk has a long and distinguished professional wrestling career that spans six decades. He has held numerous titles, including the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Championship and the ECW World Heavyweight Championship. Terry’s father, Dory Funk, Sr., was inducted into the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2006.
Paul Vachon is a member of the Vachon wrestling family, which includes his brother, 2000 George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling inductee Maurice “Mad Dog Vachon,” and his sister Vivian. He often teamed with his brother, winning the AWA World Tag Team Championship twice. He also won other tag team titles, wrestling much of his career in the South and Southwest.
George Gordienko wrestled professionally from 1946-1976, winning titles worldwide. He wrestled hall of fame namesake Lou Thesz to a draw in 1955 and was a long-time tag team partner with 2008 George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame member Stu Hart. Gordienko was also an influential artist with many of his works displayed prominently. Gordienko died of brain cancer on May 13, 2002.
Warren Bockwinkel competed in the NWA during the 1930s, 40s, and 50s, becoming one of the earliest wrestlers to appear on television. He wrestled many of the top professional wrestlers of his era and was a trainer for many top stars. His son, Nick, was inducted into the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2009. Warren Bockwinkel died on March 24, 1986.
Stanislaus Zybyszko of Poland was a two-time World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion, excelling in both Greco-Roman and catch-as-catch can styles. One of professional wrestling’s true pioneers, it is estimated that Zbyszko won nearly 1000 matches in a row before being defeated by Frank Gotch in 1910. He also appeared in several movies, including the 1950 film “Night and the City.” Zbyszko died at St. Joseph, Missouri, hospital on June 10, 1968.
Frank Gotch Award
Mick Foley will receive this year’s Frank Gotch Award for his numerous philanthropic contributions. This award goes to a professional wrestler who brings positive recognition outside the ring. Foley has participated in numerous Make-a-Wish foundation events, and is an active member with RAINN (Rape, Incest, Abuse National Network). He also talks to students about the value of education and has travelled to military bases and hospitals for visits. He is also one of the leading donors of ChildFund International. Foley has been a donor and child sponsor since 1992 and is working to develop schools and community centers overseas.
Lou Thesz Award
Rene Goulet is being recognized for his meritorious public service and for raising professional wrestling through charitable work. Goulet wrestled for 30 years in rings all around the world, including titles with six different organizations. Goulet was featured with in “People” magazine in 1974 with a full-page photograph and was the first man to defeat Ric Flair in the ring. He and his wife Pierette work with various non-profit groups and public service organizations speaking on their behalf and raising money.
Jim Melby Award
J Michael Kenyon is one of the leading professional wrestling historians in the world. Kenyon retired to Port Orford, Ore, after four decades in the newspaper, radio and television trades. He has also served as a director of the Cauliflower Alley Club. Kenyon continues work on his book that will cover professional wrestling from 1886 through 1985.