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MMWA-SICW February 14 recap

Posted by reimaginejournalism on February 27, 2009

Editors Note: MWR would like to thank MMWA-SICW for allowing us to be ringside to take pictures for this wonderful event. We got to see one of the most entertaining matches this year between Dave Vaughn and AJ Williams for the Junior Heavyweight Championship that highlighted a fun filled evening of matches.

A special thank you goes out to MMWA-SICW photographer Michael Van Hoogstraat for his advice and hospitality that evening. Michael has been willing to allow MWR to use his photographs in the future to allow fans to see what they may have missed or relive the excitement. To check out more of Michael Van Hoogstraat work please go to Vans Digital Photo Service. Don’t hesitate to contact Michael to phoograph your next wrestling event.

Now without further ado please take time to check out the great recap by Kari Williams.
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By Kari Williams

Relentless attacks and fire-hot ferocity personified the Valentine’s Day MMWA-SICW show at South Broadway Athletic Club. From the opening match to the main event, tempers flared and emotions raged with blazing desire—all for the chance to prove their own worth as a competitor or to show the naysayers that they truly do have what it takes to succeed as a champion. Themed as a ‘luck of the draw’ night, each match was determined at the beginning of the show.

Bobby D attempted to establish his dominance in the company when he fought “Wild Child” Billy Diamond in the main event. D’s reluctance to start the match did not sit well with either Diamond or the fans. Neither man gained a clear advantage throughout the bout, but D did everything in his power to do so, including using illegal maneuvers. At one point when D seemed to be on the verge of dominating, he let his ego get the best of him and covered Diamond for the pin with only one foot resting on Diamond’s chest, allowing the wounded man to easily escape the pin. Those tactics must have gotten into Diamond’s head because he never fully regained his composure. D scored a spoiled victory after distracting the ref, hitting Diamond with a low blow and surprising Diamond with a roll-up while holding the tights.

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Jeremy Lightfoot thrills the crowd on the way to victory- Photo Credit Dubray Tallman

Jeremy Lightfoot, Diamond’s tag team partner, took to the ring prior, against one of MMWA-SICW’s newer competitors, Blade. Both men failed to gain the advantage early on, but minutes into the match, Blade connected with a suplex and began to take over. Blade then targeted Lightfoot’s knee and ankle, possibly in an attempt to eliminate the Lightfoot Driver from his opponent’s arsenal. Slowly, but surely, Lightfoot regained his compsure, and did not allow Blade to get the upper hand again—despite multiple attempts. The former champion decided Blade’s fate with a Lightfoot Driver and pin. After the match, the two men showed no hard feelings and shook hands as a symbol of respect.

The Connecton sent its prodigy, Dave Vaughn, out to ruin Junior Heavyweight Champion A.J. Williams’ day as the two battled for Williams’ title. In the best match of the night, the two young men fought with all their might for the gold.

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Dave Vaughn masterfully grounds Junior Heavyweight Champion A.J. Williams- -Photo Credit – Dubray Tallman

Vaughn controlled the match from the get-go and solidified his dominance after a brutal shoulder tackle that sent Williams down to the mat. Not one to be deterred, Williams attempted to gain momentum with a drop kick and stinger splash, among other things, but nothing could stop Vaughn’s determination.

A.J. Williams  pulls out all stops to keep his championship-Photo Credit Michael VanHoogstraat

A.J. Williams pulls out all stops to keep his championship-Photo Credit Michael Van Hoogstraat

As the match progressed, Williams did get in some formidable offense, as he flew over the top rope to a stunned Vaughn on the outside, which he followed up with running the number one contender head first into the ring post. Nothing Williams did slowed Vaughn down. With Travis Cook acting as a cheerleader at ringside, Vaughn had all the support he needed. Vaughn proved to be too much on this exchange as he walked away with the Junior Heavyweight Championship.

In a match of the year canadaite, Dave Vaughn is the new Champ and his Manager Travis Cook could not be any happier- Photo Credit – Dubray Tallman

In a match of the year candidate, Dave Vaughn is the new Champ and his Manager Travis Cook could not be any happier- Photo Credit – Dubray Tallman

Travis Cook accompanies Phil E Blunt- Photo Credit Michael Van Hoogstraat

Travis Cook accompanies Phil E Blunt- Photo Credit Michael Van Hoogstraat

Shaft’s issues with The Connection continued on this night, as he faced Phil E. Blunt. Shaft seemed hellbent on destroying Blunt and had the means with which to do so.

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Shaft sends Phil E. Blunt on a ride – Photo Credit Dubray Tallman

He relentlessly attacked Blunt’s ankle in preparation for the ankle lock. Then, Cook, sensing defeat, interjected himself in the matchup, causing Shaft to chase him around ringside. Cook’s neck injury notwithstanding, he ran fairly fast without complaint. Seeing that he could not conquer Shaft, Blunt finished the match by forcing a disqualification victory as he stood on the outside next to Cook while the referee counted to 10. After the verdict was announced, Blunt questioned Shaft on whether or not he would join The Connection—an option which they presented to Shaft last month—and Shaft said nothing.

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Heavyweight Champion Gary Jackson lets Lumberjack Gabe know where he stands. – Photo Credit Dubray Tallman

Heavyweight Champion “Night Train” Gary Jackson put his title on the line against the Battle Royal Champion Lumberjack Gabe. Jackson announced that he would leave their friendship up in the dressing room, and the bout got underway. Both competitors had the fans cheering for them, but it apeared as though Jackson had more fans on his side. Jackson fought with all his might to deter Gabe. Jackson connected with two elbow drops, but only received a two count for his actions. He then trapped Gabe in a submission hold, but Lumberjack Abe, who had been at ringside, distracted the ref, causing Gabe to try and steal the win with a roll-up. However, Gabe was disqualified for Abe’s interference and Jackson walked away with the belt. He then got on the mic and stated that he does not back down from anyone in any federation.

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Womens Champion Alexis Lightfoot works over Stacey O’Brien’s leg-Photo Credit Dubray Tallman

The first title match of the evening took place previously, when Stacey O’ Brien challenged Alexis Lightfoot for the Women’s title. Not willing to let her hard-earned title just slip away, Alexis fought with all of her might.

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The MWR 2008 Female Wrestler of the Year Stacey O'Brien was on top of her game as she uses the ropes to punish Lightfoot- Photo Credit Dubray Tallman

From the get go, O’ Brien used underhanded tactics in an attempt to sway the advantage. On a couple of exchanges, O’ Brien’s plan worked, and she could have won the match and regained the belt, but Alexis had the wherewithall to grab the bottom rope and break up the pin attempt. Just when it looked like Alexis would reign supreme yet again, O’ Brien trapped the champion in an excruciatingly painful double-leg Boston crab. Just moments before Alexis was sure to tap out, Destiny Diamond came running out of the crowd, broke up the hold and attacked O’ Brien. Alexis retained the belt due to Diamond’s interference, but O’ Brien emerged victorious.

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Big Texan slams Saladin to the mat- Photo Credit Dubray Tallman

Big Texan and Saladin put on a show in the second match of the night. Saladin had a difficult time overpowering his larger opponent, which caused Texan to dominate the bulk of the bout. However, at the five minute mark, Saladin delivered a swift kick to Texan’s head, sending him flying out of the ring. Without the support of the fans on his side, Saladin could not get enough momentum going to keep Texan on the ropes. Texan caught Saladin off guard, slammed him hard to the mat and got the three count.

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Lumberjack Abe chops Waco and gets a big win to start the night- Photo Credit Dubray Tallman

Waco took on Lumberjack Abe in the opening match in what can only be described as a brawl. They came to blows immediately, especially with Lumberjack Gabe’s pending interference on the outside. After the five-minute mark, Waco began to gain control and connected with a flying drop kick, followed by 10 consecutive punches. However, Abe began to sense victory slipping from his grasp, and he quickly pulled out a win.

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MMWA-SICW Jan. 17 recap

Posted by reimaginejournalism on January 29, 2009

By Kari Williams and Patrick Brandmeyer

MMWA-SICW kicked off its year in East Carondelet, IL with a night of unique match ups, with The Connection trying to control assert their dominance yet again and champions fighting for everything to retain their titles.

“Night Train” Gary Jackson took fans on an impressive ride during his main event battle with Connection Member Phil E. Blunt with Jackson’s Heavyweight title on the line. Connection Manager Travis Cook—who was at ringside with Blunt—tried getting involved in the match early on. When Blunt gained the upper hand and tossed Jackson to the outside, Cook attempted to attack the champion but ended up being chased around the ring by “Night Train,” causing just enough of a distraction for Blunt maintain the advantage. Slowly, Jackson began to turn the tide in his favor and he relentlessly pummeled Blunt. However, Blunt’s evil tactics took control once again, as he choked Jackson.

The fans were solely behind the champion, and once they started chanting for Jackson, he strived to get control, but Cook interfered yet again, right at the 10 minute mark. The two men then battled recklessly for the remainder of the bout, with each scoring nearfalls. Just as Blunt looked like he would gain the belt, he had a confrontation with Commissioner Keith Smith, causing just enough of a distraction for Jackson to score a victory with a roll-up.

After the match, Cook provoked Referee Jim Harris, and Harris took off his shirt, prompting Jackson to put it on and pretend that he would be the ref in a match between the two, but Cook ran to the back like a scolded dog. Jackson then told the Connection, if they want some, come get some, and he called out Shaft, who had been at ringside watching the match.

Jeremy Lightfoot and Shaft continued their seemingly endless feud once again. However, they seemed to have a newfound respect for one another, as the match began with a handshake. Although slow to get started, Lightfoot and Shaft turned their bout into a brawl as they went back and forth, both inside and outside of the ring. At one point, Lightfoot shot Shaft into the table with the ring bell and Shaft landed face first on the bell and even pulled it down with him. Later on, as the two men waged battle on the outside yet again, Lightfoot took a fan’s (my) water bottle, drank nearly all that was left, then smashed the bottle over Shaft’s head. The match ended in a double count out at just over 16 minutes and the two continued fighting to the back.

Previously, the fan favorite, A.J. Williams defended his Junior Heavyweight Title against Bobby D. The challenger controlled the beginning of the match and when Williams appeared to have injured his knee, D took notice and targeted the area. Just after the five minute mark, Williams had the opportunity to connect with a superkick, but he could not capitalize on the situation. With guts and determination, Williams continued his attack, despite the injury, and though D snuck in a few select offensive moves, Williams decisively ended the bout with another superkick at 11:20.

The Connection’s newest and most promising member, Dave Vaughn took on Eric Brewer. Vaughn’s pure athleticism clashed with Brewer’s more hard-hitting style, delivering one of the best matches of the evening. Vaughn dominated the majority of the match up with only a slight assistance from Cook, proving that The Connection has enough belief in him that he can win a match on his own terms. Nonetheless, Brewer pummeled Vaughn at every possible opening. In the closing moments, Vaughn readied himself for a spear, but Brewer telegraphed the maneuver. Mere moments later, Cook caused a distraction, giving Vaughn enough time to recover from Brewer’s spinebuster and connect with the second spear and lock up another victory for The Connection.

Prior to the match, Cook, Blunt and Vaughn came to ringside complaining about Jerome Cody’s suspension, which occurred at the show in St. Louis, MO the previous week. Cook proclaimed that his lawyers are trying to overturn the suspension and stated, “We are not down. We are not out. We are bigger and better than ever.”

The first title match of the evening pitted Women’s Champion Alexis Lightfoot against the former champion in Stacey O’ Brien. O’ Brien’s determination to regain the belt showed in every punch and every kick. She controlled the second half of the bout and had Alexis ready for the pin, but just after 10 minutes, Alexis began to feel her title slipping away, causing her to comeback viciously and retain.

Due to scheduling conflicts, this reporter missed the first two matches, and Patrick Brandmeyer has the rest of the details from the night.

The second matchup was Waco (w/ Big Texan) v. Saladin. Neither guy was all that popular with the East Carondelet audience, and neither seemed all that interested in changing that opinion. Both men used underhanded tactics, but Waco came out on top with a rollup and handful of tights.

In the opener Billy Diamond wrestled Big Texan w/ Waco. Texan focused his attack on the back, while Diamond attempted to work the leg to cut the big man down to size. The finish came when Diamond hit a Stunner, but Waco broke up the pin for the DQ. The masked team beat down Diamond until Jeremy Lightfoot hit the ring with a kendo stick and cleaned house.

The next MMWA-SICW show will take place Feb. 14 at the South Broadway Athletic Club in St. Louis, MO followed up the next weekend returning to the East Carondelet Community Center.

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MMWA-SICW November 1 Recap

Posted by reimaginejournalism on November 12, 2008

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.

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Kari Williams MMWA-SICW Recap

Posted by Admin on October 13, 2008

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.

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The Kari Williams MMWA-SICW Recap

Posted by Admin on June 28, 2008

MMWA-SICW June 14, 2008 Results

By Kari Williams
After leaving the MMWA-SICW for an extended length of time due to his defense of the United States of America, “Night Train” Gary Jackson made his presence felt at South Broadway Athletic Club on June 14.

The returning Jackson, aided by Junior Heavyweight Champion A.J. Williams, worked as a cohesive unit in order to put an end to the tyrannical leadership of The Connection. After a “melee” of sorts erupted following the main event of the evening, Jackson and Williams prevailed, giving them a distinct advantage when they face two-thirds of The Connection in the coming months.

Prior to the fracas, Jeremy Lightfoot had the opportunity to soften up “The Main Attraction” Tommy Knight. Although hesitant to get started, Knight put up a decent fight against the former Heavyweight champion, gaining an early advantage when the match quickly spilled out of the ring. Connecting with a devastating back body drop on the hardwood floor cemented Knight’s initial lead. However, when the men made their way back inside the squared circle, Lightfoot’s instinct kicked in. Just as Knight launched from the top rope to deliver his finisher, Lightfoot caught him mid-air and slammed him to the mat. From that point on, “The Main Attraction” was unable to gain much more offense, despite his effort. Knight’s brief moment of valor came when Lightfoot prepared to launch himself from the top rope, and Knight telegraphed the endeavor, delivering a dropkick. The Indian warrior ended the match swiftly with a Lightfoot Driver.

Mixed-tag action ensued in the previous bout as Waco and the Women’s Champion Stacey O’ Brien waged battle against Alexis and “Wild Child’ Billy Diamond. The ladies started off the bout, with Alexis gaining the advantage for her team after connecting with an impressive monkey flip after walking on the middle rope. Alexis made the tag to Diamond shortly thereafter, leaving O’ Brien to fend for herself, which she did surprisingly well. Diamond had put O’ Brien on the top turnbuckle, but before he could even begin delivering the punishment he had in mind, O’ Brien’s quick wit and excellent skill caused her to deliver an astounding hurricanrana to the “Wild One.” That opportune moment allowed O’ Brien to tag in Waco, who went at Diamond with all the rage and fury he could muster. Despite the dazzling performance of the Champion, Alexis and Diamond sparkled as a team, working cohesively throughout the entire match—specifically the closing moments, where they delivered multiple devastating double team maneuvers—to claim victory.

Jerome Cody found out that the bark is, contrary to popular belief, not worse than the bite, as he had to resort to illegal tactics to defeat Moondog Rover. Tommy Knight and Phil E. Blunt aided Cody in his devilish tactics. Knight distracted the referee, allowing Blunt to toss Rover’s bone into the ring. Rover caught the bone, seemingly spoiling The Connection’s plan. However, just as Rover looked as if he would strike Cody, Cody fell to the mat, causing the referee to turn around. Not knowing any better, Rover was disqualified for “using the bone as a weapon.”

Before the match got underway, Cody made an announcement to the crowd in which he called out A.J. Williams, who happened to be sitting at the announcer’s table. Feeling that he had to make his presence felt in a more profound way, Cody slapped Williams directly in the face, causing Williams to chase the arrogant Cody around the ring.

The Connection’s presence was felt earlier in the evening as well, when Jaysin Static went up against Blunt, who was accompanied to the ring by Knight. After having battled with Blunt in previous months, Static kept him at bay, hitting impressive moves, such as when Static departed from the ring apron with a flying clothesline that sent Blunt to the floor. However, Blunt’s experience in the ring gave him an overall advantage and allowed him to capitalize when Static went for a splash from the top rope. Blunt had the wherewithal to catch Static with a crushing sit-down slam that solidified his win.

Previously, Shaft took on Tommy Riggs in what was a quick win for the fan favorite. Shaft dominated the entirety of the bout, while working on the leg and ankle of Riggs. Able to get in only a minimal amount of offense, Riggs did hit his version of the People’s Elbow, but nothing could stop Shaft’s tenacity and will to win. In the end, Riggs was unable to withstand the pain of Shaft’s signature ankle lock, to which he tapped out.

Dave Vaughn completely dominated Bobby D in the second match of the night. Vaughn’s natural skill and quickness proved to be no match for D, who barely had a chance to take a breath. The bout ended almost as soon as it started, when Vaughn demolished D with his signature spear for the win.

Starting the evening off was a contest between Saladin and The Big Texan. Both men gave their all and were determined to come out on top. The brute strength of The Big Texan, however, proved to be too strong for Saladin to overcome. Texan dominated the closing seconds of the match with two consecutive clotheslines followed by a pin at 8:47.

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Wrestling Hooks Fans In An Elusive Chokehold

Posted by Admin on June 9, 2008

Wrestling Hooks Fans in an Elusive Chokehold

By Kari Williams
It floats in the air, mixing with the smoke that just lifted from the cigarette being held by the elderly man sitting two rows in front of me. As I look around, watching wrestlers walk back and forth, talking to fans and acquaintances, it hovers above them, below them and around them. It even consumes them—both the fans and the wrestlers.

But what is, it?

It is a feeling, an emotion, that one moment in time when you feel that you are a part of something special. That is what wrestling is all about anyway, isn’t it?

When Shawn Michaels retired Ric Flair, you knew there was something special about that moment, but you couldn’t quite put your finger on it could you? But you had to be there. You had to be a part of it?

But what is, it?

It is the drive to succeed, to overcome the evil hell hounds that have been nipping at your heels. That single moment in time in which your whole life flashes before your eyes. You see yourself growing up, chasing it and doing your best to capture it. That is what wrestling is all about anyway, isn’t it?

When Eddie Guerrero defeated Brock Lesnar at No Way Out 2003 to win his first Heavyweight Title you cheered for him, didn’t you? You knew that his whole life culminated at the exact moment he raised that belt above his head for the very first time. He felt it.

But what is, it?

Honestly, I do not think there is an answer to that question. Asking what that intangible entity is that keeps fans coming back to wrestling time and again is like asking how to find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. You do not know if there is a pot of gold, you just live your life searching for it — even if is turns out to be an illusive trick.

Something compels you to watch wrestlers sacrifice their bodies and souls. May 17 in East Carondelet, Jeff Hawkins, Phil E. Blunt, Steve Montana and Jeremy Lightfoot went at each other in a Hardcore Match. A Mick Foley-like 2 X 4 wrapped in barbed-wire, a staple gun and a steel chair, among other inanimate objects that were used as weapons to smother and utterly destroy the competitors.

But why did they do it? Why did they go to that length, put themselves through that brutal of a match, only to leave that night with bumps and bruises and multiple staple holes in their body?

For the same reason that Shawn Michaels retired Ric Flair, the same reason that Eddie Guerrero won the Heavyweight Title — they knew what it was, even if it did not enter their conscience at the time.

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The Kari Williams MMWA-SICW Recap

Posted by Admin on April 16, 2008

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.

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The Kari Williams MMWA-SICW Recap

Posted by Admin on February 23, 2008

MMWA-SICW results February 16

By Kari Williams

Shock and awe. Pomp and circumstance. Hard-fought victory and crushing defeat. Welcome to yet another night of hot wrestling action hosted by MMWA-SICW at the East Carondelet Community Center in East Carondelet, Illinois.

In a return match from the previous week, Kahyman once again challenged Junior Heavyweight Champion A.J. Williams for the title in the evening’s main event. Both men fought with all the vigor and vitality that make them both champion material. Showing he is a true ring warrior, Kahyman came to battle with his left shoulder taped from the preceding week’s injury, and gained the early advantage by working on Williams’ knee, which he injured in an altercation involving Phil E. Blunt and the returning Steve Montana earlier on the show.

As the match progressed, Kahyman used a few of his devilish tactics such as biting and choking his competitor, but they made no real impact. Consequently, when Kahyman threw Williams into the corner and prepared to lunge for him, Williams connected with a boot to the face and gained the advantage.

The action then spilled to the floor, where Williams rammed the Rammstein loving vampire directly into the ring post and brought a chair into the mix. With the chair, as well as the competitors, in the ring, Williams hung Kahyman upside down in the ring corner and set up the chair in the center of the ring. He then proceeded to launch off the chair and connect with a devastating dropkick.

However, when Williams attempted a second maneuver with the chair as his aide, Kahyman telgraphed the endeavor and stepped out of the way, causing Williams to land squarely on the unforgiving chair. Kahyman’s quick thinking gave him the advantage as the men once again moved the match outside the squared circle.

Using Hammurabi’s ‘eye for an eye’ law, Kahyman forced Williams to collide with the unrelenting ring post. These rabid competitors re-entered the ring where Kahyman seeked to regain his title, but received two consecutive two counts instead.

Williams then attempted a comeback, where the challenger and the champion exchanged fierce punches. Sensing that victory was near, Williams journeyed to the top rope and went for a moonsault, but, once again, Kahyman sensed what was coming and moved out of harm’s way. Taking advantage of the situation, Kahyman connected with a swanton bomb for the pin and 13:47, recapturing the belt he rightly deserves.

Prior to the main event, Phil E. Blunt accepted a challenge made by Steve Montana earlier in the evening.

It was then revealed that MMWA-SICW announcer Travis Cook aligned himself with The Connection, becoming their manager. Cook called out both Lightfoot and “The Urban Legend” Kevin X, proclaimed Blunt as the real urban legend, then declared that Knight is the future of the wrestling business and resigned as announcer—effective immediately.

The match which lead up to the unforeseen turn of events pitted Blunt against Angel, who sported an unconventional black mask instead of his traditional black and white face paint. Blunt gained control in the opening moments with a harsh clothesline, but just as he began to capitalize, Montana charged from the back with his head wrapped in a bandage from a steel chair beating courtesy of Blunt.

The two men attacked each other relentlessly, showing no remorse, causing “The Main Attraction” Tommy Knight, Williams, Jerome Cody, Eric Brewer and “Wild Child” Billy Diamond, among others, to separate the two brawlers. Once Blunt and Montana were separated, Montana issued a challenge to Blunt.

Before the controversy ensued, Mr. Bibbs took on the middle-eastern menace, Saladin. In a fairly even match, both Bibbs and Saladin snuck in formidable offense, where Saladin worked on Bibbs’ arm and Bibbs used his brute strength to capitalize at opportune moments. Five minutes into the contest, Bibbs was in control and went for the pin, but Saladin popped his shoulder up at two.

Bibbs tried to maintain control of the match, but when he went for a splash on Saladin, who layed helpless in the corner, his knees gave out on him. Saladin then capitalized on Bibbs’ misfortune and attempted to end the match, but his pompous attitude became his demise.

Saladin could have won the match. However, when he pinned Bibbs, he prayed to Allah simultaneously and refused to cover Bibbs for the entire three-count. As a result, Bibbs secured his victory at 11:25 with a stiff boot to the face of the now-meager middle eastern.

Initially, the preceding match was set to be Montana taking on the “True Lluchador,” Chucho. However, with the ambush attack by Blunt, Montana was unable to compete. Therefore, “The Main Attraction” Tommy Knight served as a replacement.

A fast-paced bout from the start, Knight controlled the early stages of the match, nailing Chucho with powerful punches and a devastating clothesline. Chucho was able to recover just enough to deliver a hurricanrana that sent Knight to the outside.

Reacting on instinct, Knight quickly made his way back to the ring and locked Chucho into a submission hold. At the five-minute mark, Knight had control of the match, but Chucho took an opportunity to sneak in a second rope moonsault. Unfortunately for Chucho, “The Main Attraction” proved his moniker correct, when he hit his finisher in which he soars from the top rope, and plants his knees squarely into his opponent’s face, and secured yet another victory for The Connection.

The first title match of the evening pitted the challenger Jerome Cody against the Heavyweight Champion, “The Urban Legend,” Kevin X. Cody and X began pummeling each other with a barrage of fists before the bell even rang, as the two hate-fueled men battled their way to the ring. Once they entered the squared circle, X controlled the match and pounded away on Cody with 10 consecutive blows to the head.

With the match fully underway, Knight made his way to ringside to distract X. Knight’s presence forced X to ensure that his presumably unwavering mindset did not falter. Just prior to the 10-minute mark, Cody had X in the corner and delivered devastating chops to him. Much to the pleasure of the crowd, X reversed Cody and became the one laying down the thunderous chops, then followed up with an impressive drop kick.

Knight, possibly sensing defeat for his fellow Connection member, jumped on the ring apron, but was met with a swift shove by X. In retrospect, that may have been the deciding factor for this bout, as Blunt then rushed to ringside to aid his fallen comrade. Commotion ensued, as the commissioner, Keith Smith, entered the fray at ringside, which allowed the Connection to take advantage, stealing a win for their boy, Cody. At the conclusion of the match, Blunt hid something, presumably brass knuckles, in his ring gear.

Holding up the belt and glowing with an evil aura about him, Cody smirked to the crowd and belted, “My southern ways keep me laid and paid,” as he rejoiced with The Connection, until X chased him from ringside.

“Wild Child” Billy Diamond waged battle against Waco in the second bout of the evening. Only minutes into the match, Waco clotheslined Diamond out of the ring, and followed up with a dive over the top rope, landing directly on Diamond. To ensure the match did not end by count-out, Waco crawled back to the ring to break the count, giving Diamond time to recuperate. Consequently, Diamond forced Waco to collide with the ring post. After tossing Waco back into the ring, Diamond attempted to exploit his challenger, but his cocky pinning predicament allowed Waco to get his shoulder up at the two count.

From this point on, Waco gained control of the bout, hitting Diamond with three consecutive suplexes and a death valley driver to gain another check in the ‘win’ column.

Eric Brewer took a trip to the dog pound in his opening match against Moondog Rover. In the back and forth contest, Rover did not gain a clear-cut advantage over Brewer until he connected with a full-nelson slam. Utilizing his lead, Rover also connected with a modified falling head-butt and a ‘low blow punch’ when the referee was distracted. Brewer got in very little offense for the remainder of the match, and left the pound with his tail between his legs after taking a running powerslam from Rover.

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The Kari Williams MMWA-SICW Recap

Posted by Admin on February 15, 2008

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.

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The Kari Williams MMWA-SICW Recap

Posted by Admin on January 19, 2008

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.

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