MMWA-SICW Dec. 13 Recap

By Kari Williams

“Cowboy” Bob Orton made a special appearance in East Carondelet, IL to help “Night Train” Gary Jackson take on Jerome Cody and Phil E. Blunt. With a jam-packed audience at the East Carondelet Community Center, MMWA-SICW put on a show that had the fans on the edge of their seats.

Anticipation buzzed through the building, as Orton made his way to the ring for the main event steel cage match. With Commissioner Keith Smith as the special referee—and his conflicts with The Connection well-known—nobdoy left their seat. Cody tried to end the match abruptly as he went to climb out of the cage the moment the bell rang. Jackson put a quick stop to Cody’s foolishness and proceeded with the match. As Blunt tagged in, he gained control and cornered the recently tagged Orton. Being such, Jackson made the save for the legend, giving Orton the upper hand. In traditional ‘Cowboy’ fashion, he used the legendary cast and gained control. However, the match soon turned against them, but not for long. Jackson once again came to Orton’s aid and cleaned house, thus allowing Orton to secure victory for his team, as Jackson took out Cody.

As a stipulation for the match, if The Connection lost, their manager, Travis Cook, had to be in the ring with Orton for five minutes. At first Cook tried to take advantage, but to no avail. This time slot was apparently a match, and Orton pinned Cook in just over four minutes.

Following the main event, Shaft came out and claimed that his new year’s resolution would start on Jan. 10, when he “puts Jackson down for the one, two, three.”

A former MMWA-SICW Heavyweight Champion in Jeremy Lightfoot took on Eric Brewer in the previous bout. Brewer gained an early advantage with the first takedown, but Lightfoot quickly worked his way out of Brewer’s grasp and hit Brewer with his signature chops. By the five minute mark, Lightfoot gained control, but not for long. Neither man attained a clear advantage but both scored a number of two counts. In the end, Lightfoot won via pinfall at 13:24.

Bobby D had his hands full against the Junior Heavyweight Champion A.J. Williams. Despite one’s initial thoughts, D controlled a good portion of the match, until Williams connected with a Harley Race-like high knee and an elbow drop from the top rope. Williams only received a two-count on this excursion, but it did not deter him. He continued punishing D, even taking it outside of the ring. Much to the displeasure of the fans, the match ended in a no-contest because neither man returned to the ring prior to the 10 count.

One of Shaft’s biggest tests to date came in the form of The Big Texan, accompanied by Waco. Shaft would have had an easier time of trying to dismantle Texan if Waco had not been present. The ‘mini-Texan’ interfered on separate occassions, causing Referee Jim Harris to throw him out. Shaft tried to utilize that window of opportunity and capitalize, but Texan’s power overwhelmed him. Shaft’s determination was put to the test yet again, and he passed with flying colors; he regained his focus and locked Texan in his signature ankle lock. Inspite of this, Texan had the wherewithall to esacpe the maneuver, and the match progressed, with both men vying for the upper hand, which neither gained, and the competition ended in a draw at the 15-minute time limit.

The previous bout tested the luchador Chucho’s high-flying antics against the more ‘pound and ground’ style of “Wild Child” Billy Diamond, accompanied by Lightfoot. Chucho and Diamond both had their moments to shine, as Chucho connected with a second-rope moonsault and Diamond caught the luchador in a devastating ankle lock. After five minutes, Diamond had Chucho grounded, but Chucho swiftly sent Diamond out of the ring with a hurricanrana. The resiliency of Diamond shined bright, as he went back to work on the knee/ankle region and thus earned the pinfall at 9:41.

The ‘Middle-Eastern Menace’ Saladin took on a fan favorite in Mr. Bibbs. Saladin controlled the opening stages of the bout, but Bibbs’ tenacity soon took over, and Saladin never had a chance to recover. Ten minutes in, Saladin inadvertently hit his head on the ring post, which allowed Bibbs to catch Saladin off-guard. In the end, Bibbs’ brute force was no match for Saladin, who lost to the MMWA-SICW veteran in 12:11.

One of the company’s newest athletes, Blade, put his skills up against those of Waco, who had The Big Texan at ringside. Perhaps fearing that the newcomer would out-wrestle him, Waco called upon Texan to interfere and tip the scales in his favor, so to speak. Nonetheless, that was not necessary because they appeared evenly matched. As the match came to a close, Waco had a distinct advantage over Blade, but Blade quickly gained momentum—as if from nowhere—and defeated Waco.

The MMWA-SICW returns to the South Broadway Athletic Club in St. Louis, MO on Jan. 10 and the East Carondelet Community Center on Jan. 17.

MMWA-SICW November 1 Recap

MMWA-SICW Recap November 1

By Kari Williams

MMWA-SICW provided fans with another night of controversial wrestling at the South Broadway Athletic Club. A champion was stripped of his title and a new champion was crowned. Two wrestlers made their debuts. And the newest member of the Connection showed his worth.

The main event consisted of Bobby D taking on one-half of the former tag team champions in Mr. Bibbs. Despite the match lasting just over four minutes, D had enough time to establish his dominance over the veteran. In the closing moments, Bibbs went for a splash in the corner, but D had the wherewithall to side-step Bibb’s attempt. This then gave D his golden opportunity to sneak up with a roll up and earn himself a victory.

Earlier in the evening, “Night Train” Gary Jackson should have defended his Heavyweight Championship against Shaft. However, Jackson did not show up at the time of his match, which prompted Commissioner Keith Smith to strip Jackson of the belt and award it to Shaft.

Jackson showed up prior to the final match of the evening proclaiming that he was ready to go. Smith then broke the news to Jackson, who, for obvious reasons, did not care for the news he received. However, Shaft did not want the belt under those circumstances and offered Jackson a title shot.

The previous bout put the always-evil Connection members Phil E. Blunt and Dave Vaughn against fan favorites, Young Aladdin and Junior Heavyweight Champion A.J. Williams. Vaughn and Blunt used the typical tag team strategy of frequent tags, which aided them for the majority of the bout as they kept Williams and Aladdin alert and on their toes. Vaughn’s progress as a competitor has improved greatly and it makes sense as to why the Connection called upon one of the brightest stars in the company to replace the now-retired Tommy Knight. However, with the fans urging on Williams and Aladdin, The Connection did not stand a chance. Vaughn and Williams went at it with multiple reversals, one including Vaughn attempting to deliver the spear to Williams and nearly knocking his partner off of the apron. Williams used Vaughn’s misstep to his advantage, which allowed him to connect with the 360 splash for the win at 12:21. Vaughn made an effort to attack both Aladdin and Williams in the aftermath, but Jerome Cody wisely restrained him.

In the second debut of the night, Destiny Diamond gave it her all against the always unpredictable El Uno Loco. The match started off with Loco poking fun and playing games with Diamond, but she stopped Loco in his tracks with a powerful clothesline. Just as Diamond began to control the match, Loco rolled out of the ring to regroup. His tactic worked for a short while, but the determined Diamond in the rough made her presence felt. At one point, she delivered a dropkick that sent Loco flying out of the ring. After flying from the ring apron with an impressive flip that planted Loco even further into the ground, she delivered a turnbuckle walk bulldog for the victory.

Diamond’s father “Wild Child” Billy Diamond had his own battle against The Connection’s Jerome Cody, who was accompanied by Travis Cook. Diamond had the upper hand for the majority of the encounter, but Cook’s attempted interference and Cody’s wily habits proved too great to overcome. Cody definitively ended Diamond’s advantage with a piledrive for the win at 10:21, prompting Diamond to chase after both Cook and Cody.

In the third match of the evening, the newcomer Blade tested his strengths against Johnny Courageous. Despite only performing in his first match, Blade took the fight straight to Courageous. Once Blade gained momentum, he delivered a double-underhook suplex to receive a two count. Nonetheless, after taking a knee to the chest from Courageous, Blade succumbed to his pain, as Courageous defeated Blade with a hold reversal at 13:13.

Due to circumstances beyond this reporter’s control, she missed the first two matches of the night. However, anouther source informed her that The Lumberjacks wrestled Waco and Big Texan to a double-disqualification, and that Kevin X took on Lightfoot. Lightfoot won the bout with an assisted interference from Phil E. Blunt.

Kari Williams MMWA-SICW Recap

MMWA-SICW October 4 Recap

By Kari Williams

On October 4 at South Broadway Athletic Club, MMWA-SICW, many exciting events occurred, but none more important or prestigious than the St. Louis Wrestling Hall of Fame grand opening at the club.

Former MMWA-SICW Heavyweight Champion Jeremy Lightfoot took on Bobby D in the main event. In the back and forth contest, both men had their moments where it appeared that they would pick up the victory. Within the first couple minutes, D and Lightfoot made their way to the outside, where they exchanged chops. However, after numerous two-counts Lightfoot connected with his signature Lightfoot Driver for the win at 5:20.

During the bout, Jaysin Static reported that The Connection attacked him, preventing him from competing at the event. He had this message: “Connection, you took me out, watch your back, [and] you’ve got what’s coming to you.”

Tony Casta made the previous title match due to Junior Heavyweight Champion A.J. Williams’ request. Williams came to the ring fueled by anger and relentlessly attacked Tommy Knight. As Knight slowly regained focus, he locked Williams in a devastating submission hold, but Williams’s determination caused him to break the hold. After blasting Knight with a flying clothesline, Williams went for a splash in the corner, but missed. It seemed as though Knight would regain control, but Williams landed a superkick and a 360 splash to retain his title.

At the conclusion of the match, Knight announced that he will no longer wrestle with MMWA-SICW. This was his last match at the South Broadway Athletic Club and Oct. 11 was his final match with the company. The Connection also announced Dave Vaughn as Knight’s replacement.

The newest Connection member took on the fan favorite, Shaft, in an excellent display of athleticism on Vaughn’s part. Aligning with The Connection appeared to speed up Vaughn’s progress in the ring, as he dominated nearly the entire bout. However, Shaft did have a few key moments where his strengths shined through. When it appeared that Vaughn would nail Shaft with the spear and seal his fate, Shaft wisely sidestepped the maneuver. Using his opportune moment, Shaft hit Vaughn with the turnbuckle-walk bull dog and decisively defeated Vaughn.

Heavyweight Champion Kevin X took on his most formidable ally in “Night Train” Gary Jackson. Each competitor had his reasons for either retaining or earning the title, which the competitive nature embodied in their performances proved. At the five minute mark, X controlled the match up and delivered vicious blows to Jackson’s lower back. Nonetheless, Jackson regained his composure and used his quick wit to pull out a win while holding the tights. After the match, Jackson told X that he “wanted his belt back.” X offered his hand for a congratulatory handshake, then followed up with malicious kicks to the new champion.

Just before the title match, the fans in attendance witnessed the unveiling of the St. Louis Wrestling Hall of Fame at the athletic club, which rested in the Pro Wrestling Shirt Shop for the past year or so. Many special guests appeared for the ceremony including former Wrestling at the Chase referee Lee Warren, former Wrestling at the Chase ring announcer Mickey Garagiola, and former MMWA-SICW manager Big Daddy. Warren spoke of his experiences as a referee and proclaimed that by coming to an MMWA-SICW show he saw true wrestling again. Garagiola echoed the same sentiments, saying, “This is wrestling here, not those stars you see on TV. This is where it is.” Big Daddy, who is now a hair dresser, complained about his picture not among those in the Hall of Fame. He even went so far as to proclaim that he was a better manager than even Bobby “The Brain” Heenan.

Two Broadway attractions, Mr. Bibbs and Phil E. Blunt competed earlier in the evening. Bibbs dictated the pace of the match, controlling everything. Then a masked cowboy who has made inconspicuous appearance as of late ventured to ringside. Blunt spotted the man and appeared confused by his presence. Unfortunately, the confusion did not cost Blunt the victory, as Travis Cook handed him a chain, which Blunt used to knock out Bibbs and steal a victory.

The first title match of the evening consisted of Junior Heavyweight Champion A.J. Williams wrestling the number one conntender, Young Aladdin. In the most technically sound match, Williams and Aladdin gave fans a delectable treat. Blow for blow and punch for punch, each man demonstrated why he should earn the title. Both men had many nearfalls, which only added to the excitement of the match. At one point, Aladdin smashed into Williams with a frogsplash from the top rope and gained a two-count. Williams turned the tide after further beatings from Aladdin and planted Aladdin for a two-count. The current champ kept the ball in his court, so to speak, as he snuck in a quick roll-up and the three-count.

Waco battled Lumberjack Abe in what one can only describe as a brawl. The burly men traded blows throughout the entire stint, but Abe gained control within the final moments, securing victory at 8:26.

Lumberjack Gabe kicked off the evening against the Battle Royal Champion, The Big Texan. With their respective teammates, Abe and Waco, neither man had the upper hand in regards to outside interference. By the five-minute mark, Texan dominated his opponent, but Gabe regained his focus shortly thereafter. Despite multiple meddling by the extra presences at ringside, Texan picked up the win at 12:21.

The Kari Williams MMWA-SICW Recap

MMWA-SICW September 6, 2008 Recap

by Kari Williams

MMWA-SICW’s return to South Broadway Athletic Club this month enticed fans with high profile matches, controversy and even the surprise return of a former champion.

Johnny Courageous battled Waco to top off a memorable night. Both competitors were as determined as ever to control the match up, as each had his moment of glory. Waco tried to control the match as best he could, all the while wearing Courageous out with numerous pinfall attempts. At one point, Waco had Courageous hanging upside down in the corner of the ring and delivered an imposing dropkick to the helpless American hero. In the closing moments of the match, Courageous was able to get in a bit of revenge against his foe, as The Big Texan—who Courageous has feuded with in the past—interjected himself in the bout, causing so much confusion that Courageous squeaked out a win with a quick roll-up on Waco.

The prior encounter was all in good fun as two fan favorites—Jeremy Lightfoot and Mr. Bibbs—gave the fans everything they had. Bibbs and Lightfoot went nearly 15 minutes, and each man once again proved why they are adored by the fans—they will do anything to please the crowd. Lightfoot controlled the first half of the bout, connecting with numerous aerial moves and, of course, his signature chops, that have caused some fans to call him “Sir-chops-a-lot.” The tide changed for Lightfoot when Bibbs was able to stop the Indian warrior instantaneously, almost as if Lightfoot had run directly into a freight train. Bibbs then looked as if he would secure a win, but it was not to be. Lightfoot smashed his boot square in Bibbs’s face and followed that up with a headscissors from the top rope. Victory soon followed, and the two men shook hands after the match, signifying their friendship.

One word can describe the previous match fairly easily—Chaos. A.J. Williams and “Night Train” Gary Jackson relentlessly fought The Connection’s Phil E. Blunt and Jerome Cody, who were accompanied by Travis Cook., in a tag team elimination match. The winner would then get a chance to take on the reigning champion, Kevin X. From the moment the bell rang, bodies were flying every which way, and one could hardly keep up with the action at hand. Less than a few minutes into the fight, Williams, with an assist from Jackson, launched over the top rope and crashed to the floor, making sure to take The Connection with him. For most of the brawl, Cody, Blunt and Cook did everything they could to put the odds in their favor, regardless of whether or not it was legal. Eventually those tactics caught up to the Junior Heavyweight Champion, and Williams was the first man eliminated. Jackson then had to face his adversaries at a disadvantage. Not one to give up, Jackson threw everything he had at Cody and Blunt, managing to come out on top—but not without controversy. The final two competitors—Jackson and Blunt—each claimed that they had the other’s shoulders pinned, however the referee ruled in favor of Jackson. That prompted Blunt to request a re-match with Jackson at some point in the future.

In a somewhat calmer match, the Battle Royal Championship was on the line because Commissioner Keith Smith forced Lumberjack Gabe to forfeit either the tag team title or battle royal championship. According to MMWA-SICW rules, a wrestler cannot hold more than one belt at a time. After much hesitation, Gabe refused to give up the tag team belts, proclaiming that, “The Lumberjacks will always be tag champions.”

The bout consisted of Jeremy Lightfoot, Mr. Bibbs, A.J. Williams, Shaft, The Big Texan, Waco, Blunt, Dave Vaughn, Cody, and Brandon Espinosa who made a surprise return earlier in the evening. Throughout the bout, Cody snuck out of the ring through the second and third ropes, giving himself an unfair advantage. However, he got what he deserved in the end, as The Big Texan eliminated Cody to become the new Battle Royal Champion.

Dave Vaughn took on Shaft before competing in the aforementioned match. Vaughn’s vicious persona shined bright, as he attacked Shaft before the bell had even rung. Once the match actually got underway, both men tried to outwrestle each other with technical skill, although Vaughn seemed to have the advantage in this area. Nonetheless, Shaft was able to catch Vaughn at a weakened moment and clasped on the ankle lock with relentless force. Unfortunately, both men let their egos get in the way, as they both shoved the referee out of the way and continuously struck each other, until the match was called as a double disqualification.

Two powerhouses wrestled in the second match of the night, as The Big Texan attempted to defeat one-half of the tag team champions in Lumberjack Abe. Neither man gained a clear advantage but both showed their will to win. There were a decent amount of pinfalls from either man, and both tried their best to outsmart the other. To the disappointment of fans in attendance, the bout ended in a time-limit draw.

Despite an action-packed night, the opening bout was more than likely the most surprising, as Brandon Espinosa, a former MMWA-SICW Junior Heavyweight Champion, appeared with the company for the first time since January of this year. He was welcomed back whole-heartedly and had the majority of fans behind him as he attempted to defeat Bobby D. Espinosa wrestled a techinically sound match against D, incorporating some of his signature moves that Broadway fans remember him for. D appeared at times to be disgruntled that fans cheered Espinosa, which may have caused him to use as many illegal tactics as he did. Despite Espinosa’s advantage, when he attempted a frogsplash and D moved out of the way, D capitalized by rolling up the former champion and cheating his way to victory by grabbing Espinosa’s tights for leverage. In spite of this, Espinosa walked away from the ring with fans cheering for his performance.

MWR May 2008 Awards

Missouri Wrestling Revival’s
May 2008 Awards!

It’s that time again! This is Missouri Wrestling Revival’s fifth installment of monthly awards as we progress toward the midyear point. The month of May was busy for MWR and the entire Midwest wrestling scene. MWR expanded our coverage area in an attempt to bring pro wrestling fans better coverage of events in this part of the country, and we hope this will reflect in future MWR Awards posts as well as future articles and features on the site.

The committee has also expanded, as now we have eight members who nominate and vote on the awards. Let’s see how they voted!

Wrestler of the Month

Shane Hollister [AAW/SCW/3XW]

Hollister had one of the toughest schedules of all wrestlers in the Midwest for the month of May. It all started with a tough tag team loss (with Bryce Benjamin) to the Motor City Machine Guns in AAW. It was all good after that, as he followed the loss up with a victory (although tainted) over Egotistico Fantastico in a hard-hitting affair, the closed out the month by defending his Scott County Wrestling Title not once, but twice in one night. He retained the title after defeating Danny Daniels and Marek Brave. It was a successful month for Shane Hollister, as he wrestled some of the best in the business and came out on top in three out of the four encounters.

1st Runner Up – Mark Sterling [CEW/3XW/TLCW/CSW/PWP/AAPW]
2nd Runner Up – Justin Sane [Fusion Tradition Wrestling]
3rd Runner Up – Josh Abercrombie [AAW]

Others receiving votes this month from the committee:

Jaysin Static [MMWA-SICW], Brett Gakiya [NGW]

Tag Team of the Month

Phoenix Twins (Tweek & Dash) [SCW/AAW]

The Phoenix Twins continue to impress wrestling fans across the Midwest. This month, Tweek and Dash won two non-title matches against current tag champions in SCW and AAW. They also each competed in singles matches as part of “Best of Three” series of matches with members of Zero Gravity, splitting the contests and inching closer to being the number one contenders for the SCW Tag Team Titles. For 2008, Tweek and Dash have set the bar very high. It often seems as if they are the only tag team that can surpass this high standard.

1st Runner Up – The LONRs (Mark Sterling & Darrien Sanders) [PWP/AAPW]
2nd Runner Up – B.A.B.E.WATCH (Brandon Espinosa & Brandon Aarons) [LWA]
3rd Runner Up – Mr. Bibbs & Dave Vaughn [MMWA-SICW]

Others receiving votes this month from the committee:
Northstar Express (Darin Corbin & Ryan Cruz) [SCW/AAW/3XW], Midwest Ground & Air (Benjamin Sailor & Nate Bash) [CSW/PWP]

Promotion of the Month

With a terrific venue, entertaining champions, and a staff that cares about the fans, 3XW has it all. Looking at the champions can tell a wrestling fan all he or she needs to know: Gage Octane (3XW Champ), Mark Sterling (Pure Champ), Casanova (Cruiserweight Champ), and Northstar Express (Tag Team Champs). 3XW had a great month of May and no doubt is looking forward to their next show in Des Moines, IA on June 20th!

1st Runner Up – Pro Wrestling Phoenix
2nd Runner Up – New Midwest Wrestling
3rd Runner Up – All American Pro Wrestling

Others receiving votes this month from the committee:
Lethal Wrestling Alliance

Woman of the Month (Female Wrestler)

Stacy O’Brien [WLW/MMWA-SICW]

Stacy O’Brien has emerged in the second quarter of 2008 as the premier female wrestler in the Midwest. She currently owns the World League Wrestling and MMWA-SICW Women’s Championships. She defeated Ms. Natural and Alexis Lightfoot for each belt, respectively. In yet another month where female wrestlers have been inactive, Stacy is a step in the right direction.

1st Runner Up – Alexis Lightfoot [MMWA-SICW]

Others receiving votes this month from the committee:
None.

Personality of the Month

Luke Roberts [LWA]

Luke is an eighteen-year pro wrestling veteran in various capacities with high hopes (and an equally high possibility) of becoming the Lethal Wrestling Alliance President. A former Personality of the Month winner for other contributions to the St. Louis area wrestling scene (March), Luke Roberts is well-respected and well-spoken.

1st Runner Up – Steve “Botch” Szoke
2nd Runner Up – Joey Eastman [AAW]
3rd Runner Up – Davey Vega [LWA]

Others receiving votes this month from the committee:
None.

Match of the Month

No Disqualification Match for the LWA Heavyweight Title:
Donovan Ruddick (C) defeated Gary the Barn Owl to retain.
St. Peters, MO on May 24, 2008
[LWA]

1st Runner Up -

War Games Elimination Match for Number One Seed in IWC Heavyweight Title Tournament:
Dan-O-Mite is the sole survivor.
Dan-O-Mite, Chance Prophet, Dekin Cane, Enigma & Iceman
vs
Kyle King, Devan Scott, Brian Blade, JC Thunder & Justin Pain
Ottawa, KS on May 9, 2008
[IWC]

2nd Runner Up -

AAPW Heavyweight Title Match:
Steven Davis defeated Shane Rich (C) to become the new AAPW Heavyweight Champion.
Chester, IL on May 17, 2008
[AAPW]

3rd Runner Up -

Bunkhouse Stampede – Fans Bring the Weapons – Over the Top Rope Elimination Match
For the Fusion Tradition Wrestling Tradition Title:
Justin Sane last defeated Daddy Mac to become the first Tradition Champion.
Cookeville, TN on May 24, 2008
[Fusion Tradition Wrestling]

Others receiving votes this month from the committee:
None.

The Kari Williams MMWA-SICW Recap

MMWA-SICW April 12, 2008 Results

By Kari Williams
Gerald Loeb once said, “The desire for gold is the most universal and deeply rooted commercial instinct of the human race.” Such was the theme at South Broadway Athletic Club (SBAC) on April 12, as new champions were crowned, championship belts were used in battle and every competitor seemed to have his or her eye on the ultimate goal.

Capping off the night, one-half of the Tag Team champions, Dave Vaughn, fought valiantly against Waco. Vaughn kept the match on a more technical level, trying to throw Waco off his typical pound-and-ground attack style. Vaughn targeted his opponent’s arm for the majority of the bout, but Waco was able to overcome the pain and delivered a devastating scoop slam to the title holder. However, Waco was unable to capitalize, possibly as a result of the absence of The Big Texan, and as Waco attempted to splash an dazed Vaughn in the corner, Vaughn escaped from sure defeat. He then nailed Waco with a vicious spear for the win.

Prior to the main event, Angel decided to shed his wings and become Tommy Riggs, to take on Shaft. Riggs started the match with a bang, as he attacked Shaft from behind the moment the bell rang. However, he payed for his devilish tactics, as Shaft delivered a flying cross body to gain control. For the remainder of the match, Shaft targeted Riggs’ leg and ankle area, perhaps softening him up for the ankle lock finisher. At the five minute mark, Riggs had regained the advantage, but Shaft’s ‘never say die’ attitude shined through, as he fought his way back and connected with a picture perfect suplex. Shaft secured himself victory with a turnbuckle-walk bulldog for the pin. During the match, Jeremy Lightfoot had come to ringside to observe, and after the match, he and Shaft locked eyes, with tension building.

As a result of a controversial finish in the Heavyweight Title match pitting “The Urban Legend” Kevin X against Champion Jerome Cody earlier in the evening, X was asked to come to ringside, where Tony Costa and Commissioner Keith Smith had developed an idea. Costa and Smith suggested a six-man elimination tag match—The Connection versus X and two partners of his choosing—and if X and Cody were the final two men, the title would be on the line.

The preceding bout saw the debut of an enthused newcomer, Josh Arnold, take on “The New Urban Legend” Phil E. Blunt, in arguably the best match of the night. Dripping with trepidation, Blunt was in no rush to get things underway. He reluctantly tied-up with Arnold and tried to prove his superiority by shoving the rookie to the mat in a weak attempt to boost his own ego. However, as they locked up a second time, Arnold was able to get Blunt into a headlock and followed up with a ferocious clothesline, shocking Blunt. For the remainder of the bout, Arnold proved that he will become a force to be reckoned with in MMWA-SICW. However, Blunt still took him lightly. At one point, Blunt had connected with a DDT and could have very easily ended the match. But his pompous attitude caused him to cover Arnold with a single hand. After that pivotal moment, Arnold willed himself to mount a comeback. He connected with a double axe handle and a running dropkick which knocked Blunt out of the ring. However, by the 10 minute mark, Blunt had regained his composure and set his sights on triumph. Blunt planted Arnold with a piledriver for the win. After Blunt had walked off, gloating in his glory, Arnold made his way to the top rope, symbolically telling Blunt and the rest of the athletes that he is not going anywhere.

Confusion ensued during the Heavyweight Title match, as X once again tried to reclaim his belt. Both competitors showed their lust for gold, each doing whatever they deemed possible to capture what they so desire. Although a fairly even match-up, X’s pure power and brute strength gave him a slight edge. X delivered a belly to belly suplex from the second rope and followed up with an authoritative clothesline and a running power slam. From this point on, Cody was able to get in very little offense. He did, however, manage to take the match outside of the ring and deliver a DDT to X. Shortly after returning to the squared circle, X made a comeback, and executed vicious punches on Cody, then followed up with a flip from the ring apron.

At this point, it appeared as though X had won the title when he pinned Cody, but there was controversy over whether or not Cody had gotten a shoulder up. Tommy Knight came to ringside, and after further deliberation, a five minute overtime was issued in which X completely pulverized Cody. It looked as though X would reclaim his title this time, but The Connection had other plans, as both Knight and Blunt interjected themselves into the match, causing a disqualification victory for X, thus saving Cody yet again.

Stacy O’ Brien and Alexis were both seeing gold as they competed to determine who would replace the former champion “Dynamite” Jennifer Starr, who had failed to uphold her obligations as champion. Trying to play mind games with O’ Brien, Alexis came to the ring carrying a box of Lucky Charms. In this back and forth contest, both athletes had their shining moments. O’ Brien connected with numerous high impact moves throughout, and Alexis was able to maneuver O’ Brien into a camel clutch-like submission. Unfortunately for O’ Brien, there was no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Just as it appeared that O’ Brien would win her first MMWA-SICW Women’s Title, Alexis pulled out a quick reversal for the pin. Nonetheless, O’ Brien proved that she has what it takes to become a champion in the company.

The previous match pitted former Battle Royal Champion, Moondog Rover, against the current Battle Royal Champion Lumberjack Gabe. Both competitors were evenly matched in this contest. However, the Lumberjacks attempted to play dirty when Lumberjack Abe attacked Rover with the Battle Royal belt. Rover was weakened for a time, but bounced back shortly and began digging up bones. The Lumberjacks had been using under-handed tactics throughout the match without being seen by the referee, and when Rover went to gain retribution with his trusty bone, he was thus disqualified.

“The Main Attraction” Tommy Knight took on Jeremy Lightfoot in the third match of the evening. Although a bit timid in starting the match, Knight put up a valiant fight against the former Heavyweight Champion. Lightfoot controlled the first half of the match, hitting Knight with high impact move after high impact move, including a flying cross body from the top rope. Lightfoot went for a pin attempt and only scored a two count. Consequently, Knight managed to force Lightfoot to the mat with a swinging neck breaker but was unable to keep him down for the three count. Knight had just begun to sense victory when Lightfoot slammed “The Main Attraction” to his demise using the Lightfoot Driver to obtain another win.

Fans were treated (begrudgingly) to a blast from the past as Bobby D returned to action against the All-American Hero Johnny Courageous. Not one to miss a beat, D came out yelling at fans and getting in their faces, just like old times! Of course, then, “Rainbow Warrior” chants followed soon after. Courageous dominated the opening stages of the match, specifically focusing on D’s arm. However, D was able to momentarily stop Courageous’s momentum with a German suplex and a scoop slam. As D hoped that victory was near, he ventured to the top rope, and aimed to end the contest with a splash, but Courageous had other plans. The All-American Hero recovered enough to deliver two vertical suplexes and a neckbreaker, which were then followed up by a dropkick from the top rope. Courageous defeated D much to the delight of the full house crowd.

Mr. Bibbs, with Vaughn at his side, took the fight to Lumberjack Abe, with Gabe, to kick off the night. Bibbs did his best to keep an eye on Gabe to ensure that no interference would occur. Regrettably, Gabe found a way to give his partner the upper hand. Vaughn stood at ringside, waiting for the most opportune moment to help his partner. After Abe rammed Bibbs into the ring post on the outside, both competitors had found their way back to the inner sector of the squared circle. Bibbs began mounting a comeback and heaved Abe outside of the ring, giving Vaughn an opportunity to unleash his frustrations. Despite Bibbs’ fighting spirit, and Vaughn’s assistance, a win was not in the cards—for himself or Abe, seeing as the match ended in a draw, just as Abe was regaining momentum.

The Kari Williams MMWA-SICW Recap

MMWA-SICW results for March 15, 2008
By Kari Williams

MMWA-SICW sprung into action in a resounding fashion on March 15 at the South Broadway Athletic Club. In a place where anything can happen, nearly everything did happen—wrestlers retired, a fan favorite was punked out by the Easter bunny and a new champion was crowned.

Topping off an unforgettable night, Dave Vaughn and Mr. Bibbs defended their tag team titles against The Lumberjacks. Set for a 30-minute time limit, Vaughn and Lumberjack Gabe started the match, where Gabe had the initial advantage. Only moments into the match, Vaughn was able to lock Gabe in a single leg Boston crab but only inflicted a minimal amount of damage.

Vaughn soon made the tag to Bibbs, and by the five-minute mark, Bibbs had gained full control of the bout. With this back and forth contest, no clear advantage could be seen until the closing moments of the match when Vaughn made his final tag to Bibbs.

Coming out full speed, Bibbs used his brute strength to knock Gabe off his feet, which then allowed Bibbs to apply a double leg Boston crab on Abe. Much to the dismay of the champs, Bibbs was shoved into the Lumberjacks’ corner and double-teamed relentlessly.

Unwilling to witness the demise of his team, Vaughn charged to Bibbs’ aid and connected with a powerslam and a perfectly executed flying cross body to Gabe. Trying to capitalize, Vaughn went for the pin, but Abe broke it up at the two count. Further commontion ensued, causing Referee Jim Harris to end the match in a no-contest, resulting in Bibbs and Vaughn retaining their titles.

Providing the first title match of the evening was the bout pitting Heavyweight Champion Jerome Cody against “The Urban Legend” Kevin X. Full of pent up rage and fury, X attacked Cody relentlessly from the moment the bell sounded. X’s temper may have gotten the best of him in this instance because Cody gained control of the match by the five-minute mark. At this point, both Jeremy Lightfoot and Shaft had made their way to ringside. Seconds later, X took a shot at regaining the advantage, but as he charged towards the turnbuckle at an apparently dazed Cody, Cody telegraphed it, forcing X’s skull to ricochet off the top turnbuckle.

Consequently, Cody used his quick wit and went for the pin, but to no avail. Trying to weaken his opponent even further, Cody ventured to the top turnbuckle and landed a startling dropkick on X. Preceding the 10-minute mark, X recooperated enough to give Cody a running powerslam and earn a two count.

Just when it seemed as though X would regain the title, Lightfoot and Shaft made their presence felt as they began trading punches, eventually making their way into the ring, causing the bout to end in a no contest. Consequently, Cody retained his title—much to the chagrin of the fans in attendance.

Bad blood boiled to the surface in the intergender tag match pitting Lightfoot and Alexis against Waco and Stacy O’ Brien. Alexis and O’ Brien started the match with a shoving contest which ultimately gave Alexis the advantage as she connected with a thunderous powerslam on O’ Brien. As Waco sensed that his team was heading to the burial ground, he tried to take a shot at Alexis, enraging Lightfoot. O’ Brien receieved a double-drop kick from the Lightfoots as payback for her mocking them prior to the match, which left Waco open to endure a double-teamed suplex.

After regaining their composure, O’ Brien and Waco made their way back into the ring and traded punches on Lightfoot, who just stood there—obviously unscathed. Lightfoot then tagged Alexis, and the women fought back and forth until Alexis slammed O’ Brien to the mat with a devastating suplex and scored a two count for her efforts.
Alexis rendered O’ Brien helpless with a double-leg Boston crab. As Alexis went for another pin attempt, Waco had the wherewithall to break it up, which, in retrospect, may have triggered the demise of his team. As Waco made an effort to salvage the match, he inadvertantly hit O’ Brien.

Just after the 10-minute mark, O’ Brien had apparently had enough, and she walked away from the ring with a disgusted look on her face. However, Alexis wanted to finish what was started, which prompted her to charge after O’ Brien, and she literally carried her back to the ring.

After a double team by Waco and O’ Brien, as they seemingly tried to repair the damage done to their team, Lighfoot sent O’ Brien to the outside to do battle with Alexis after delivering a headbutt. Lightfoot gained his revenge by hitting a low blow on Waco when the ref was distracted.

He then followed up by attempting to nail the Lighfoot Driver, but Waco reversed it. However, Lightfoot prevailed once again, connecting with a modified version of the Lightfoot Driver.

In the preceding bout, Shaft took on the Middle Eastern Menace, Saladin. A fairly one-sided bout, Shaft showed Saladin the American way from bell to bell. Shaft worked on the Anti-American’s knee nearly the whole match, not allowing him a leg to stand on. The pivotal moment in this match came only minutes before it ended, as Shaft rammed Saladin’s leg into the unforgiving ring post.

Ten minutes into the match it appeared as though Saladin’s prayer prior to the match was answered, as he attempted to mount a comeback. However, Shaft’s never-say-die attitude helped him prevail, as he covered Saladin for the win after a turnbuckle-walk bulldog.

Earlier in the evening, Commissioner Keith Smith called Jerome Cody to ringside. Because of the rule in MMWA-SICW that states that no wrestler can hold more than one title at a time, Smith asked Cody to relinquish either the Battle Royal Championship, which he won back in January, or the Heavyweight Title. After back and forth arguing and firing threats, Cody surrendered his Battle Royal Championship, which prompted Tony Costa to set a battle royal up that night to crown a new champion.

Lighfoot, ‘Wild Child’ Billy Diamond, Tommy Knight, Phile E. Blunt, Waco, Mr. Bibbs, Saladin, Moondog Rover, The Lumberjacks, Angel, A.J. Williams and Shaft all made their way to the ring to participate in the match. Lightfoot dominated the match, eliminating at least five wrestlers including Shaft and Saladin. The two men who remained at the end were Lighfoot and Lumberjack Gabe. Despite Lighftoot’s stellar performance, Gabe out-manuevered Lightfoot quickly enough to be named the Battle Royal Champion.

During the intermission, Lightfoot came to ringside with the Easter bunny as a treat for the children in attendance. What appeared to be a simple affair turned violent as the Easter bunny attacked Lighfoot in the middle of the ring. Athough confused at first, when the bunny revealed himself as none other than Cody, everything made perfect sense. But still the fact remains—Lightfoot was bamboozled by the Easter bunny.

Just prior to intermission, “The Main Attraction” Tommy Knight attempted to turn diamond into graphite as he waged battle against “Wild Child” Billy Diamond. Knight controlled the opening moments of the encounter, but Diamond had turned the tables five minutes in. For the remainder of the match, Diamond got in some formidable offense, including a back body drop. However, Knight capitalized in the closing moments with his signature move, securing victory.

The first match of the night for The Connection had “The New Urban Legend” Phil E. Blunt taking on the former Junior Heavyweight Champion A.J. Williams. Blunt took charge from the bell, barely allowing Williams to get in any offense. Nonetheless, five minutes in Williams had the lead. Despite fighitng valiantly, Blunt gained momentum once again and drove Williams to the mat with a devastating piledriver.
Blunt tried to capitalize, but Williams just barely got his shoulder up as the referee’s hand came down for the three count. With one minute remaining and every fan in attendance rooting for him, Williams went for a 450 splash, but Blunt sensed it coming and moved out of harm’s way. Still determined to beat the clock, Williams then connected with a superkick, but just as the referee began to count, the time limit had expired.

Believing that victory was to be his, Williams started a “five-more-minutes” chant, and his wish was granted. Unfortunately, the time it took for the commissioner to determine that an extended time would be given, was just what Blunt needed as he captured a victory with a pumphandle powerbomb.

Moondog Rover attempted to bring Angel back down to earth in the evening’s first bout. Neither man seemed to gain a distinct advantage throughout the entire contest. Whenever Rover would start to control, Angel seemed to fly out of reach, and vice versa. As a result, the match ended in a draw when neither man was pinned by the end of the 10-minute time limit.

At the start of the evening, Kahyman, the newly crowned Junior Heavyweight Champion, made his way to the ring. He began by thanking Williams for giving him a third chance at the title and telling all the nay-sayers what he thought of them. He then informed his fans that due to multiple injuries, he had to retire. The two-time champ thanked both those that admired him and those that loathed him, saying, “You are the reason I was here.”

The Kari Williams MMWA-SICW Recap

The Kari Williams MMWA-SICW Recap
(February 9, 2008)
On the MMWA-SICW Feb. 9 show at South Broadway Athletic Club, the action was just as much inside the ring as outside. Nearly every match entailed a spill out of the ring, and the fans ate up every minute of it.

Junior Heavyweight Champion A.J. Williams defended his title against Kahyman, MMWA-SICW’s resident vampire in the night’s main event. Neither man gained a clear advantage early on and each competitor made a statement that demanded victory—Kahyman with a picture-perfect dropkick and Williams with a relentless attack filled with flying fists and furious punches. Only minutes into the match, the action spilled to the outside, where Williams connected with a double axe-handle from the ring apron. Although Williams appeared to be in control, Kahyman turned the match around and gained a distinct advantage at the 10-minute mark.

Moments later, both athletes ended up on the outside of the ring for a second time. At some point while on the outside, Kahyman injured his left arm. Hoping to secure a quick victory on a weakened Kahyman, Williams went for the cover, but to no avail. Going on instinct, Kahyman, with only one good arm, recooperated enough to hit a swanton bomb from the top rope. Nevertheless, fate was not on Kahyman’s side as Williams hit a superkick and the 450 splash to secure the victory and retain his title.

Shrouded in confusion, the preceding bout, as oringially billed, had Phil E. Blunt set to face Eric Brewer. However, when Brewer did not come to the ring after two consecutive announcements, Dave Vaughn, Moondog Rover and Shaft appeared at ringside. The fans were then informed that Brewer was not in the building.

As a result, officials determined that one of the three men who had come down would have the opportunity to serve as Brewer’s substitute. Shaft got the go ahead, as well as the early advantage, but Blunt quickly took over. Soon after the bout began, one of Blunt’s partners-in-crime, Jerome Cody, ventured to ringside and interfered in the match, out of sight of the referee. By the five-minute mark, Cody’s antics benefited Blunt, as he had firm control of the match. Shaft got in very little offense for the remainder of the match, securing only an ankle lock, which Blunt reversed.

The closing moments consisted of Blunt planting Shaft with a viscious power bomb at 9:57. Because Blunt could not be content only boasting of his accomplishment, he enlisted the aid of Cody to help him beat down Shaft, resulting in both Tommy Knight and Kevin X venturing to ringside. Initially, it appeared as though X would assist Shaft. However, proving his false motivations, X boasted that he would take on all comers, including Shaft.

Prior to that predicament, X defended his Heavyweight Championship against Jeremy Lightfoot. Tensions were high from bell to bell, as the two warriors held nothing back. During the contest, Shaft made his way to ringside to observe the proceedings.

In an attempt to eliminate the Lightfoot Driver from the equation, X consistently worked on Lightfoot’s arm throughout the battle. After 10 minutes had elapsed, X executed a running powerslam and journeyed to the top turnbuckle. However, Lighfoot had him scouted and blocked X with a big boot to the face. Gaining momentum, Lightfoot connected with a moonsault from the second rope, but could not capitalize as a result of X lying within arm’s reach of the ropes.

In effect, Lightfoot positioned X on the turnbuckles for a superplex, but X telegraphed it, and was able to put Lightfoot in yet another arm-wrenching submission. Although a valiant effort on Lightfoot’s part, X’s targeting of a specific body part ensured his victory, as Lightfoot tapped out.

Following his triumph, X said that Shaft, who was still ringside, could have a title shot at any time. X followed that statement by saying, “I don’t lie down, and I kick down!” Every fan in the building seemed to be on Shaft’s side of the confrontation. Even one of the Slamzone crew, who were selling merchandise, held up 8x10s of Shaft, and chanted in unison with the rest of the crowd, “Shaft! Shaft! Shaft!”

Prior to that stellar match-up, Moondog Rover tried to make puppy chow out of Lumberjack Abe. After back and forth action in the beginning moments, Abe forced Rover to the outside, where Lumberjack Gabe, who had accompanied Abe to ringside, was lying in wait. The action continued, with neither man claiming a distinct advantage. Near the final moments of the match, Gabe stole Rover’s signature bone, much to the shagrin of Rover. Gabe used Rover’s ally against him, giving the win to his partner—no bones about it.

Shaft and Jerome Cody made their initial appearances in the bout just prior to intermission. Jerome Cody appeared to be at a disadvantage in the beginning stages until Lightfoot came out to observe the goings on of the contest, distracting Shaft. Ten minutes in, Cody had a decisive advantage. However, Shaft’s ‘never-say-die’ personality would not allow him to give up easily. He had Cody tied up with an ankle lock, and it appeared as though Shaft had the match won. Cody slammed his hand to the mat once—but that did not constitute a ‘tap out’—then twice—still not an official ‘tap’—and once again he pulled the same trick, giving himself just enough time to grasp for the bottom rope.

After another back and forth encounter, the match ended in a draw, with Cody nearly tapping to the ankle lock.

All hell broke loose in the evening’s ladies’ match, where Stacy O’ Brien took on Alexis. O’ Brien controlled the opening moments of the bout until Alexis connected with a piledriver and a near fall. No clear advantage could be seen until five minutes in, where O’ Brien lead the match. After a viscious chase around the ring, both athletes found themselves back in the squared circle with O’ Brien on the receiving end of feroucious chops by Alexis. The women then found their way to the outside once again, pummeling each other with a barrage of flying fists, causing the referee to end the contest with a double count-out. The sounding of the bell did not deter these two hard-hitting individuals. It took the referee, Lightfoot and Waco to separate the two.

In the first title match of the evening, Saladin and Waco took on the Tag Team Champions Mr. Bibbs and Dave Vaughn. Saladin and Vaughn started the match for their respective teams, with Vaughn antagonizing Saladin with unrelenting chants of “U-S-A! U-S-A!” As the match got underway, Saladin and Waco used excellent tag team strategy by cutting the ring in half, executing quick tags and double-teaming Vaughn in the early stages.

However, Bibbs’ experience combined with Vaughn’s natural athleticism sealed the victory for the tag team champs. Bibbs ended the match with a boot to the face of Saladin, and an added spear by Vaughn for good measure, to get the three count. Following the victory, The Lumberjacks came out to challenge the champions to a match, which Bibbs and Vaughn readily accepted.

Kicking off an explosive night, Lumberjack Gabe, accompanied by Abe, took on “Hot Shot” Tommy Knight, accompanied by Blunt. In a back and forth contest, Gabe and Knight both implemented key moves from their arsenal, with Gabe utilizing his pound-and-ground attack and Knight tying up Gabe in a classic figure-four leglock. With both Blunt and Abe interfering at one point or another, Gabe essentially cost his own brother a victory by accidentally connecting with a fist to the face on Abe when Knight ducked out of the way and secured the pin.

The Kari Williams MMWA-SICW Recap

MMWA-SICW Recap for January 12, 2008

By Kari Williams
Heartfelt farewells. Backstabbing betrayals. Controversial refereeing. All of these events encompassed Mid-Missouri Wrestling Associaton-Southern Illinois Championship Wrestling (MMWA-SICW) January 12 show in East Carondelet, which started the year with a bang.

In the main event, Jerome Cody took on Jeremy Lightfoot, with Shaft as the special guest referee. Although a fairly even match up in the beginning, Lightfoot gained the advantage by the five minute mark, and the two competitors traded blows in the corner. While controlling the match, Lightfoot attempted his signature chops, but Shaft prevented him from doing so and forced Lightfoot out of the corner. Lightfoot ended up hitting Cody with a DDT but was unable to capitalize because he had a minor confrontation with Shaft. The match ended swiftly with each man having his shoulders down on the mat when Shaft began the count. However, Shaft only saw Cody raise his arm before the three count, therefore causing Lightfoot to lose the contest. The night ended with Lightfoot calling out Shaft, and when he didn’t come to the ring, Lightfoot went to the back to confront him. To see what develops further, one must venture to East Carondelet, Illinois on February 16.

The previous contest pitted Junior Heavyweight Champion A.J. Williams against one half of the newly crowned tag team champions, Dave Vaughn, in the first title match of the evening. Beginning with an exchange of holds, neither competitor gained a definitive lead over the other. Just after the five minute mark, Williams gained control, scoring a two count on the challenger. Williams then went to the top rope and connected with an elbow drop, but was unable to secure victory, as Vaughn’s foot rested on the bottom rope. In the closing moments, Vaughn prepared for a spear but Williams telegraphed it and leapfrogged over his opponent and landed a super kick on Vaughn for the win at 9:56.

In his final match with MMWA-SICW, Brandon Espinosa took on Saladin in a 20 minute time-limit bout. Espinosa gained the early advantage, aggravating Saladin with a test of strength challenge, but Saladin took over moments later. A fairly even match, with neither competitor gaining the upper hand for an extended length of time, Espinosa controlled the final minutes of his final match. He connected with a boot to the face and then hit his signature move, the mood swing, at the 10:14 mark. After having his hand raised in victory, Espinosa spent his final moments in an MMWA-SICW ring thanking the fans.

After a brief intermission, the MMWA-SICW title was on the line, pitting the champion, Kevin X, against fellow Connection member “Hot Shot” Tommy Knight. Before the bout even began, X asked Knight to lay down for the three count. But Knight, not wanting to let a golden opportunity such go to the wayside, said that he would fight. Though a fairly one-sided match, with X in control for the majority of the time, Knight hit a few key spots. One notable moment for Knight came near the closing stages of the bout when he connected with a flying cross body from the top rope and got a near fall on the champion, proving that he has what it takes to become a champion in the company. Nonetheless, X was able to secure his victory with a powerbomb and the three count at 10:56. Moments after the match had concluded, The Connection turned on X, beating him relentlessly, even going so far as to “pin” him in the middle of the ring, showing their true colors.

Kahyman was in action as well, battling Connection member, Phil E. Blunt with Jerome Cody. In the opening moments, Kahyman had a slight advantage which was quickly overturned by Blunt. By the five minute mark, Kahyman had gained the upper hand but only enough to capture a two count. Soon after the pin, Blunt scored with a powerbomb gaining a decisive advantage. Despite Blunt’s multiple attempts to pin Kahyman in the closing seconds of the ten minute match, the bout ended in a time-limit draw.

The second match of the night was between Moondog Rover and Brewer. Moondog had a clear advantage nearly the entire bout, with Brewer getting in little offense. Filled with typical Moondog shenanigans, Moondog barked at the fans, “peed” on the referee and tried to take the shoe of a fan in the front row. In the end, it was essentially Moondog who prevailed by getting the pin.

In the opening bout, one half of the newly crowned tag team champions, Mr. Bibbs, took on Waco. The action spilled to the outside early on with Waco gaining the advantage by the five minute mark. The first pin attempt came from Bibbs, with Waco getting his shoulder off of the mat at the two count. For the remainder of the match, Waco remained fairly dominate with Bibbs barely gaining an advantage. At the ten minute mark, Waco nailed Bibbs with a DDT and went for the quick pin but only got a two count. Waco then went for another DDT, securing himself the victory at 11:02.