Submission Squad vs Team FIST(Johnny Gargano & Chuck Taylor) May 5th!!!

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Team FIST(Johnny Gargano & Chuck Taylor) need to be prepared for the double teams that the Submission Squad can deliver. Here Pierre Abernathy waits as their opponent is decimated from Evan Gelistico kicks to deliver more punishment at Magnum Pro Wrestling. – Photo Credit Brian Kelley

The offices of Saint Louis Anarchy and Anarchy Championship Wrestling received an email from Johnny Gargano stating that himself and his Team FIST cohort Chuck Taylor would like to send an open challenge to any team in the land of Anarchy for a tag match on May 5th in Granite City, IL.

The reason being that he feels that him and Chuck Taylor need to stay on their winning ways after picking up 3 points toward the Chikara’s Campeonatos de parejas(Tag Team Championships). The best way to do that is to beat teams from all over the USA and their first stop is Saint Louis Anarchy on May 5th.

Their challenge didn’t go unanswered for long, as Evan Gelistico and Pierre Abernathy caught wind of this and immediately signed on for the match. Neither of those men would give us a answer via e-mail but have informed us that they will be giving a statement via video in the coming days.

This is sure to be a great tag match as you will have one of the best teams in the USA taking on who many say is the best tag team in the history of Anarchy. Do not miss #VICTORY May 5th!!!

Saint Louis Anarchy Presents: #VICTORY

Saturday night May 5th from The Mill Skate Park (1735 Grand Avenue) in Granite City Illinois

Tickets are $10 in advance by calling 314-616-7981 $12 at the door, Front Row is $15

Valid College Ids get you general admission for only $5

Doors Open at 6:30pm and the Net Exclusive taping starts at 6:45pm Show at 7:00pm

April has proven to be a busy month for All American Pro Wrestling.

The company’s flagship television series “Collision” returned to the airwaves of WSIL-TV 3 last Saturday, and the season premiere episode is now online at youtube.com/aapwcollision.

That same day, AAPW presented Hands Across Harrisburg, a special benefit show for victims of the deadly Feb. 29 tornado in Saline County, Ill., that claimed seven lives.

More than 150 fans turned out to support the cause. Two first-round No Limits tournament matches – Jay Spade vs. Matt Cage and Joey O’Riley vs. Christian Rose – were taped that day for “Collision.”

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The Farmer Billy Hills and Bull Bronson waged war between two of the big men of AAPW. The Farmer looked strong early on but Bronson continues to roll in AAPW. ( Photo Credit Jake Haines)

In other action, Bull Bronson continued his winning streak by putting down “Farmer” Billy Hills; Justice and Ace Hawkins overcame the odds to defeat The Convoy and Dave Osborne; and Mike Masters and “Old School Warrior” Ax Allwardt ruined Heath Hatton’s shot at the AAPW Heavyweight Championship.

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Heath Hatton delivers a beautiful dropkick on the AAPW Champion Edmund “Livewire” McGuire, this Saturday McGuire meets “The Belt Collector” Jeremy Wyatt on Saturday as Wyatt has his eyes set on the AAPW gold. ( Photo Credit Jake Haines)

Hatton’s match with Edmund “Livewire” McGuire became a tag team match with the two fan favorites emerging victorious over Masters and Allwardt.

Company officials are considering the event a success, as the overall Hands Across Harrisburg event raised several thousands of dollars.

Now, this Saturday, AAPW will debut its new webseries,”All-Access,” on YouTube and returns to action for the second “Collision” taping of the season at the Black Diamond Harley-Davidson Warehouse in Marion, Ill. Bell time is 7 p.m. Saturday, April 21.

Matches announced for the show include McGuire vs. “The Rebel” Jeremy Wyatt;Mississippi Madman vs. Mark Sterling;

Mike Sydal vs. Mike Masters; the final first-round No Limits match between KC Jackson and “Beautiful” Brandon Aarons and more.

For more information about AAPW, visit aapwrestling.com, facebook.com/aapwrestling, twitter.com/aapwrestling and youtube.com/aapwrestling.

Also, check out From the Rafters Radio at 7 p.m. CST every Thursday on Monster Radio 1150 AM in Southern Illinois and streaming worldwide at aapwrestling.com.

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The State of Missouri is proudly represented in Las Vegas at the 2012 Cauliflower Alley Club reunion.

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Bob Geigel, Tom Andrews, Harley Race and Bill Kersten are presented with oversize Missouri flags at the Cauliflower Alley Club reunion, Tuesday, April 17, 2012, in Las Vegas at the Gold Coast Hotel & Casino. RELATED SECTION: SLAM! Wrestling's CAC section. Photo by Greg Oliver.

By Brian Kelley

It’s hard to believe that Harley Race, one of the greatest wrestlers in the world much less Missouri is not a member of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in Springfield, Missouri. Race an 8-time World Champion, a member of almost every wrestling Hall of Fame in the world is not even a member of the hall of fame of the state that he grew up in.

Race has supported the communities around the state of Missouri and the Midwest with fundraisers with his wrestling promotion for over 10 years. My concern became even more bothersome when I traveled to Iowa for a couple of wrestling shows. On the way to Council Bluffs, Iowa from Des Moines, Iowa was the small town of Van Meter, Iowa. It so happen to be the home of Baseball great Bob Feller. In a small town of 1,700 was this awesome museum that kept the memories alive of the hometown boy who went on to sign with the Cleveland Indians and became a first ballot MLB Hall of Famer.

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Even though I only knew the name of Bob Feller, I always respected him as a HOF. His museum was able to teach me on the life of not only one of Iowa’s great athletes but one of the world’s best. Though I am a Cardinal fan that bleeds red, the Bob Feller museum was a true treat for the sports fan in me.

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Bob Feller Museum in Van Meter, Iowa.- Photo Credit Brian Kelley

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Bob Feller Museum inside

The museum isn’t huge but is worthy of a man who worked hard to become one of the greatest ball players of all-time. As I continued my drive, it got me thinking about an article that my friend Matt Murphy had done called Missouri Sports Hall of Fame snubs pro wrestling. Murphy wrote a polite letter to the Missouri Hall of Fame asking why has wrestling greats like Race been ignored?

To read the answers that Matt Murphy got along with his great article click here.

The more I thought about it the more I became concerned that when Race is gone (hopefully a long long long time from now) will the state  just forget all that he has done for the state of Missouri, much less wrestling? Where will all the great photos of Race with the greats in wrestling and beyond end up?

Most likely some will end up in Waterloo, Iowa which has a great hall of fame for wrestlers and that would be appropriate for them to have some but I’d love for there to be a home to celebrate Race in Eldon, Missouri or St. Louis that would also be worthy of a man who has been a legend in the sport. While I envision the museum to be The Harley Race Wrestling Museum, the men he fought with and against would be remembered as well. It would be great to see men like Rufus R Jones , Trevor Murdock and Bob Geigel not forgotten or  just a mention in someone’s autobiography. How great it would be to have two rooms with great wrestling action going on as Race would be battling Bulldog Bob Brown in Central States Wrestling as Bill Kersten calling the action and another room with Wrestling at the Chase’s Larry Matysik calling a Race and Flair matchup.

I have some great friends who are talented that I know would make the building have enough class and interaction for the fans young and old. This would be awesome

Oh but I am a dreamer, just a guy that can barely keep the MWR site going day to day but if I had the funds know darn well I would work to keep the history of wrestling from KC to STL alive for generations to come.

Sorry about getting away from the subject at hand, the truth is I love Cardinal baseball, football, college basketball and many more sports. Still Race deserves to be in the Sports Hall of Fame while he is alive.   Without a doubt that Harley Race should be welcome along with the greats such as Lou Thesz, Sam Muchnick, Stan the Man, Lou Brock and Ken Boyer.

Starr, Webster, Kertsen, Lauer honored at CAC Baloney Blowout By Greg Oliver

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Bill Kersten and his announcing award at the Cauliflower Alley Club Baloney Blowout, Tuesday, April 17, 2012, in Las Vegas at the Gold Coast Hotel & Casino. RELATED SECTION: SLAM! Wrestling's CAC section. Photo by Greg Oliver.

LAS VEGAS – The main meal of the evening may have been cold cuts at the Cauliflower Alley Club Baloney Blowout, but the real deal was a surprisingly touching and emotional roast.

Feted was outgoing CAC Executive Vice President Karl Lauer, who had served the club for 32 years, seeing it grow from 500 members to its current status, with more than 8,000 in the organization.

Having had a recent health scare at his home in Rolla, Missouri — he brought his heart surgeon along as a thank you — Lauer made one last trek to Las Vegas’ Gold Coast Hotel & Casino for an event centred around him.

To read the rest click here.