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MMWA-SICW July 11 recap, part two

Posted by reimaginejournalism on August 2, 2009

By Kari Williams

As the second show of the night for the MMWA wrestlers, some of them pulled double duty to please the fans at South Broadway Athletic Club. Depsite the show starting late due to the earlier show in Dupo, the wrestlers delivered exactly what the fans wanted to see, with a few surprise returns mixed in.

Heavyweight Champion Gary Jackson and his arch-rival Shaft, with Travis Cook, clashed in the main event. Shaft took the coward’s way out on this exchange, attacking Jackson from behind to start the match. His dastardly antics continued, as Cook interfered, giving Shaft the distinct advantage.

Shaft send the Champ flying.(Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

Shaft send the Champ flying.(Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

The war made its way to the outside for the second time, and Jackson got his revenge and took over.

Gary Jackson can brawl with the best of them. (Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

Gary Jackson can brawl with the best of them. (Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

The Champ sets himself up for a victory.(Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

The Champ sets himself up for a victory.(Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

The champion looked poised for victory, and the Connection must have sensed this, because Junior Heavyweight Champion Dave Vaughn ran into the ring and attacked Jackson while Cook distracted the referee. All hell broke loose, as Phil E. Blunt, Cook and Shaft assaulted Jackson.

Dave Vaughn and Phil E Blunt assist fellow Connection member on the beat down on the Champ. (Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

Dave Vaughn and Phil E Blunt assist fellow Connection member on the beat down on the Champ. (Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

Just when it looked like nobody would come to Jackson’s aid, Commissioner Keith Smith ran from the announcer’s table to do some damage. Even MMWA Promoter Tony Casta got in the mix, as he delivered an old school flying headscissors to Shaft.

MMWA Promoter Tony Casta thrilled the fans when he excuted a perfect flying head scissors on Shaft. (Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

MMWA Promoter Tony Casta thrilled the fans when he excuted a perfect flying head scissors on Shaft. (Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

Smith revealed that he has become a licensed wrestler in the state of Missouri, and showed The Connection, the papers to prove it.
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Fan favorites Johnny Courageous and A.J. Williams put on, arguably, the best match of the night prior to the main event. Courageous tried to eliminate Williams’ key moves by viciously attacking both the arm and the leg.

Johnny Courageous tries to slow down the fast and furious AJ Williams.(Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

Johnny Courageous tries to slow down the fast and furious AJ Williams.(Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

Not one to be deterred, Williams fought with everything he had, even going so far as to attempt a moonsault within the first five minutes.

OOPPS Nobody home AJ !!(Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

OOPPS Nobody home AJ !!(Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

These two men took each other to the limit. Despite Courageous trying to remove the possibility of the superkick from Willilams’ arsenal, Williams continued to put Courageous to the test. The match ended in controversy, as both men had the other’s pinned to the mat.

You make the call. (Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

You make the call. (Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

Blade wrestled Vaughn, accompanied Travis Cook, in a non-title match. Blade controlled the better part of the bout, but that is not to say that Vaughn was overmatched. After Blade connected with an elbow drop from the top rope, Cook began to look worried.

Blade looked strong early in this non title match when he hit a elbow drop from the top rope.(Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

Blade looked strong early in this non title match when he hit a elbow drop from the top rope.(Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

Vaughn may have felt that his title could be in jeopardy in the future, if Blade were to win the match—and that lit a fire under Vaughn, who maintained the lead from the momet he connected with a belly to belly suplex.

You can tell on Blades face that he was in trouble after a powerful belly to belly suplex. (Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

You can tell on Blades face that he was in trouble after a powerful belly to belly suplex. (Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

However, the fans distracted Vaughn, if only for a moment, which almost caused Blade to get the quick win. Vaughn rapidly regained focus and defeated Blade with the spear in just under 10 minutes.

Blade was not happy about his loss and lmade it clear to the connection.(Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

Blade was not happy about his loss and lmade it clear to the connection.(Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

During intermission, wrestlers came to ringside to sign autographs and take pictures with fans.

MMWA wrestlers took time to meet the fans during intermission. Blade takes time to autograph a poster for a young fan. (Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

MMWA wrestlers took time to meet the fans during intermission. Blade takes time to autograph a poster for a young fan. (Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

Destiny Diamond had the chance to make up for her shortcomings against Alexis in Dupo, as the two went at it again, with the belt on the line. Alexis started the match off with the early advantage, but Diamond quickly took over, using nearly every illegal tactic possible. From this point on, both women worked hard to either maintain or regain control. Alexis refused to let her belt slip away, and Diamond wanted nothing more than to finally earn the belt. Diamond pulled out a win in 7:21 with a tornado DDT. After the match, Alexis appeared to have injured her neck. She was helped to the locker room.

Destiny Diamond controls Alexis early in the match. (Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

Destiny Diamond controls Alexis early in the match. (Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

A battle royal took place, featuring Vaughn, Shaft, Williams, Blade, Courageous, Jaysin Static and Core. Bodies flew in every direction, and eliminations occurred at a rapid pace, with Core and Static simultaneously taking each other out, as was the same for Courageous and Williams. Shaft and Blade were eliminated next, respectively, leaving Vaughn as the sole winner.

Dave Vaughn wins a Battle Royal much to Travis cooks approval. (Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

Dave Vaughn wins a Battle Royal much to Travis cooks approval. (Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

Static and Core wrestled for the second time this night in the opening contest. Fans distracted Core from the get go, causing Static to try and steal a quick victory. In this back and forth battle, the two went in and out of the ring. In one of the pivotal moments, Static prepared to launch onto Core, who stood on the outside of the ring, but Core saw Static coming and got him caught up in the ropes. That one misstep by Static allowed Core to take the advantage. But Static’s resiliency forced him to continue, and he pinned Core, gaining retribution for his earlier loss.

Core gives Jaysin Static a hand in the opening contest.(Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

Core gives Jaysin Static a hand in the opening contest.(Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

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MMWA-SICW July 11 recap, part one

Posted by reimaginejournalism on July 31, 2009

By Kari Williams

MMWA-SICW put on a free show for its fans at the Dupo Fairgrounds in Dupo, IL prior to the event at South Broadway Athletic Club later that evening. The show began later than expected due to a rain delay and had only five matches because of time restrictions, but still gave fans the entertainment they desired.

Heavyweight Champion Gary Jackson battled a formidable opponent in A.J. Williams, who appears to be looking for a Heavyweight Title reign in the near future. As two fan favorites, Williams and Jackson put on one of the best, most competitive matches of the night. Neither man appeared to gain a clear advantage, depsite their efforts. However, Williams did have Jackson on edge throughout the bout, which allowed Williams to gain mulitple near falls. Each time Williams tried to take control, Jackson used his pure athletic skill to put a stop to Williams. The champion soundly defeated Williams with the Texas Cloverleaf to retain his title after Williams delivered two consecutive elbow drops but could not capitalize.

Bobby D took on the Big Texan in a physical contest. Texan attacked D from the get go, and barely gave him a chance to get out of the box, so to speak. Nonetheless, the one miniscule opportunity D had, he took full advantage of, using any tactics he could. Nothing D did could stop the bigger man, and when Texan caught D with a double-underhook suplex, the end became clear. In nearly 10 and a half minutes, Texan caught D in on the second rope and chokeslammed him to the mat for the win.

Blade had his hands full against Connection Member Shaft, who, conspicuously, was not accompanied by Travis Cook. Using his dastardly ways, Shaft attacked Blade from behind to gain the unfair advantage. However, neither man controlled the match for an extended period. Shaft’s evil ways kept Blade at bay and gave the Connection’s newest member a distinct disadvantage. Just over 10 minutes into the one-sided affair, Shaft stole the victory with a roll up where he had the tights.

Women’s Champion Alexis defended her title against her archnemesis Destiny Diamond, who has tried for the last few months to win the title. Diamond’s skill increases each time she steps in the ring, and this bout was no exception, as she easily dominated the champion. Not using any flashy moves, Diamond controlled the match, but one false move sent Diamond to the wayside and allowed Alexis to take over. Alexis wore down Diamond in a short amount of time, then pinned her after a TKO to retain the belt.

In the opening contest, The Exciting Jaysin Static and Core went at it. With the crowd firmly behind Static, he had a pyschological lead going in. It seemed as though that also worked in Core’s favor, as it gave him more motivation to defeat Static. The two battled in and out of the ring, and Core did everything he could—legally and illegally—to ensure the outcome of the bout. At 8:47, Core had wounded the exciting one enough to get the pin.

Keep checking Missouri Wrestling Revival for the details of the show at South Broadway Athletic Club, which immediately followed this show.

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MMWA-SICW June 13 Recap

Posted by reimaginejournalism on July 7, 2009

By Kari Williams
Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt

Fans noticed white tape around nearly every wrestler’s arm at South Broadway Athletic Club on June 13 as they made their way to the ring. The name “Faith” appeared on that tape. Whether loved or hated by the crowd, virtually the entire locker room paid homage to MMWA-SICW Ring Announcer Tim Miller’s two-year-old niece who died in a car fire on June 1. The night was dedicated to Faith Miller.

AJ Williams honors the memory of two year old Faith Miller, the niece of MMWA-SICW Ring Announcer Tim Miller (MMWA-SICW Ring Announcer Tim Miller)

AJ Williams honors the memory of two year old Faith Miller, the niece of MMWA-SICW Ring Announcer Tim Miller (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

The returning Johnny Courageous took on A.J. Williams in a number one contender’s match for the Junior Heavyweight Championship. Williams came to the ring wearing a shirt commemorating the life of Faith Miller, much to the delight of the fans and Tim.

Johnny Courageous delivers a flying body press on the exciting young AJ Williams  (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Johnny Courageous delivers a flying body press on the exciting young AJ Williams (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

These two fan favorites wrestled a fast-paced, highly competitive bout worthy of main event status. Courageous gained a slight lead from the bell and never quite let go of it. Williams’ willpower was evident, as he did not give in easily. In fact, he went to the top turnbuckle on more than one occasion in hopes of delivering the final blow of defeat to Courageous. Multiple near falls and closecalls emerged as the athletes began running out of time. The bout ended in a time limit draw, with a number one contender for Vaughn’s belt still undecided.

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Phil E. Blunt and Dave Vaughn prepares to go to war with Gary Jackson and Jerome Cody (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Alexis Lightfoot defended her Women’s Championship against Destiny Diamond in the only championship match of the evening. The hatred between these two has grown tremendously since Diamond’s debut in the company. Diamond controlled the early portion of the bout, but choking Alexis on the ropes fueled the champion’s desire to retain her belt. Alexis came at Diamond with a flurry of forearms and punches, bringing victory closer. In spite of Diamond’s attempts to deter Alexis, nothing worked and Alexis retained her title in just over four minutes.

Phil E. Blunt and Vaughn had their hands full against World Heavyweight Champion Gary Jackson and Jerome Cody. Both teams worked well together, using frequent tags and double teams as much as possible. In typical Connection fashion, Blunt and Vaughn resorted to illegal tactics to control the battle.

Arguably the two best at MMWA-SICW, Jackson looks to submit Vaughn (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Arguably the two best at MMWA-SICW, Jackson looks to submit Vaughn (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Vaughn returns the favor and brings the pain to the World Champion (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Vaughn returns the favor and brings the pain to the World Champion (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Gary Jackson delivers an elbow to an old “friend” (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Gary Jackson delivers an elbow to an old “friend” (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Just before the 10-minute-mark, Blunt connected with a piledriver on Jackson, but the champion kicked out. Neither team could gain a clear advantage, which lead to frustration and anger for both teams. Cody launched from the top rope with a flying crossbody onto Vaughn, and chaos erupted shortly thereafter. Both teams were disqualified for the use of a chain, which came into the scuffle.

When the match ended, Blunt tried convincing Jackson that Cody only wanted to be his partner to get closer to the Heavyweight Championship, which caused some tension between the two men.

The previous contest showcased the return of the former MMWA-SICW Junior Heavyweight Champion Kahyman as he took on Lumberjack Gabe (with Abe) in his first match in over a year. Gabe proved his power by shoving Kahyman to the mat. Looking more determined than ever, Kahyman simply smirked to the crowd and bolted toward Gabe, who quickly ran to the outside toward safety. The referee threw out Abe due to interference, and Gabe used the distraction to take control and dictate the pace of the match.

Kahyman is back, better than ever! (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Kahyman is back, better than ever! (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Kahyman slowly worked his way from defeat, began targeting Gabe’s leg, and followed suit with a standing drop kick that knocked Gabe to his feet. Kahyman controlled the match from this moment on, hitting a swanton bomb and covering Gabe for the pin. Kahyman would have won the match at this point, but Abe emerged from the back and broke up the pin in plain view of the referee. However, the referee did not disqualify Gabe, and the match continued. Kahyman won via roll up when Abe attempted to interfere again and nearly collided with his brother. Junior Heavyweight Champion Dave Vaughn charged the ring to attack Kahyman after the bout. He was restrained and forced to the back.

Dave Vaughn is restrained from attacking Kahyman. The match that the fans have been clamoring for, Vaughn vs. Kahyman is just around the corner. (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt

Dave Vaughn is restrained from attacking Kahyman. The match that the fans have been clamoring for, Vaughn vs. Kahyman is just around the corner. (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt

Shaft, accompanied by Travis Cook, wrestled the Big Texan. They started off with a shoving contest, of which Texan easily got the upper hand.

The Big Texan shows his power to shaft early in the match. (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

The Big Texan shows his power to shaft early in the match. (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

After the big slam, Travis Cook gives Shaft some encouraging words. (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

After the big slam, Travis Cook gives Shaft some encouraging words. (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Cook then called for a time out to help Shaft regroup, but Texan still dominated. At one point, Texan choked Shaft, who retaliated in the same manner. Moments later, Cook interfered and proceeded to jump up and down, run around the ring and prance toward Phil E. Blunt—recently arrived at ringside—and the two high fived as Cook proclaimed, “I’m a bad man!” Having gotten the advantage, Shaft began to target Texan’s ankle. Inbetween punishing his opponent, Shaft stopped to argue with a fan, giving Texan a chance to take the advantage, but to no avail. Shaft walked away with a roll up victory as he grabbed the tights for added leverage.

“The Exciting” Jaysin Static. (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

“The Exciting” Jaysin Static. (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Where did he go? (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Where did he go? (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

lade chops Jaysin Static on the way to a big win. (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

lade chops Jaysin Static on the way to a big win. (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

“The Exciting” Jaysin Static and Blade went at it in the second match of the evening. Static started off on the right foot, but after a mid-ring collision, it looked as if he injured his knee. Blade targeted the injury and almost pinned Static, but the exciting one’s determination never faltered. In fact, Static had control of the match from the five minute mark almost to the end. The exciting one nailed Blade with an impressive superkick, but it was not enough to put the larger man down for the count. Blade pulled out the win only moments later at 6:41.

In the opening contest, Moondog Rover tried to best Lumberjack Abe, despite Lumberjack Gabe’s presence at ringside. Rover weakened Abe’s left arm early on but could not put a stop to his opponent, who quickly changed the direction of the match. In spite of Abe’s determination, the moment that Rover resorted to his dog-like tactics, Abe lost his focus and never regained it.

Bombs away from Lumberjack Abe (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Bombs away from Lumberjack Abe (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Gabe appeared to sense his brother’s pending defeat, causing him to take Rover’s bone and taunt him. This act allowed Abe to sneak up on Rover and get a quick roll up victory.

Lumberjack Abe steals a win to start the night. (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Lumberjack Abe steals a win to start the night. (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Continue to check mmwa-sicw.com and myspace.com/sbacstl for upcoming news on the Christmas in July shows.

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MWR February 2009 Awards

Posted by flairwhoooooo on March 16, 2009

MWR February 2009 Awards

Wrestler of the Month

Jeremy Wyatt
(LWA,PWP,3XW,NWA Dynamo Pro)
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Jeremy Wyatt continues to dominate the Midwest. He retained the LWA title against former LWA Champion “The Future” Donovan Ruddick on February 22 in a brutal match. Wyatt became one of the few men to have defeated Ruddick, though he had some help from Mark Sterling, Jewels and Dorian Victor the Rebel remains the LWA Champion. Wyatt ended the month by retaining the PWP title against Hype Gotti and recently released Sonja Dutt in a three way dance. Wyatt was part of two of the most important matches in the Midwest in February and was able to come up on top both times.

1st Runner Up- Mark Sterling ( 3XW, PWP,LWA, NWA DYNAMO, AAPW,SCW).
2nd Runner Up – (TIE) “Rockstar” Jimmy Rockwell (3XW, MECW).Issan Hadeev, (NBWA)

Others receiving votes: Dingo, Dave Vaughn
Bloody” Harker Dirge<

February Tag Team of the month

Phoenix Twins
(SCW)
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The Phoenix Twins successfully defended their titles against their arch enemies The Northstar Express at SCW. A BIG WIN

1st Runner Up- The Hybrids (SCW,NMWA,SLW,HWA)
2nd Runner Up – Andy Roberts & Danny McKay ((NGW) (GAW)
3rd runner up- Pierre Abernathy, Davey Vega and Evan Gelistico (LWA)

Others receiving votes- Jaysin Strife and Vic Victory (PWP)

February Woman Wrestler of the Month

Stacey O’Brien
(MMWA-SICW, WLW)

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Photo Credit: Michael R Van Hoogstraat

Stacey was so close to reclaiming the MMWA-SICW title Alexis Lightfoot until Destiny Diamond interfered. Stacey continues to hold onto the WLW title. With a feud with upstart Destiny Diamond, Stacey O’Brien will be tested in the upcoming months.

1st Runner Up- Rain (IWAMS)
2nd Runner Up – “Serenity” Brandi Harris (NBWA, HVW)
3rd Runner Up – Mia Martinez (3XW)
Others receiving votes: Destiny Diamond (MMWA-SICW), Mickey Knuckles (IWAMS) (GWA)

February Promotion of the Month

3XW
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The 3XW show on February 28th was to benefit a 11 year old Christian Arnold & his family. Christian was diagnosed with cancer in his foot and had to have his leg amputated below the knee this week. His family has insurance, but because they took him to Mayo Clinic which is outside their network, much of his bills will not be covered. This is an addition to the costs a family has just having a very sick kid. This was not just a benefit show, ALL the proceeds from this event went to the family.

All wrestlers, referees, ring announcers, etc have volunteered their time and travel expenses so that the absolute most money can be raised for this family. The only money that did not go to the family is the money that the state of Iowa requires for sales tax & a percentage of ticket sales that is required to be paid to the Iowa state athletic commission.

The result? One of the biggest crowds in 3XW history packed the McCarroll Gym and helped raise over $4,000 for the family of Christian Arnold while witnessing one of the most exciting events 3XW has ever held. Wrestling aside, one of the true highlights of the evening was the auction for a steel chair signed by all the wrestlers who took part in the show. The winning bid was a whopping $500 and the winner gave the chair directly back to the Arnold family to keep.

We at MWR never get tired of hearing about a promotion and wrestlers supporting the fans. We salute 3XW with the Promotion of the month for February.

1st Runner Up – Rampage Championship Wrestling
2nd Runner Up –Lethal Wrestling Alliance
3rd Runner Up – MMWA-SICW

Others receiving votes – Scott County Wrestling

February Personality of the month

Chris Lee
(The Nosebleed Seats)
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As an avid fan of the sport, Chris originally began as a ring announcer and commentator, he has announced for several Central Illinois wrestling companies including GAW, NMW, ASCW, SLW and the wrestling event held by the Springfield Stallions. In July 2007, the first episode of the Nose Bleed Seats was produced in Champaign, IL with Chris interviewing the Phoenix Twins-Tweek @ Dash. Originally a web cast program, it began airing on the Springfield public access a year later. In recognizing the best talent to come out of central Illinois, he conceived the NBS Awards, which was held on February 20th. Although owning his own restaurant, the Main Hanger has cut down his ability to make as many shows as he used to, he continues to contribute to the area wrestling scene. MWR is proud to announce Chris Lee as the February personality of the Month.

1st Runner Up- Jewells (LWA)
2nd Runner Up (tie) – Travis Cook (MMWA-SICW), Kari Williams

Others receiving votes- Adam Raw (LWA)

February Match of the month
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The Phoenix Twins vs. The Northstar Express
Davenport, IA
February 6, 2009
(Scott County Wrestling)

The Phoenix Twins (Tweek and Dash) and The Northstar Express (Darin Corbin and Ryan Cruz) had a feud that tore up the Midwest in 2008. Guess what they are still going strong. In the main event, the SCW/PWN Tag Team Champions, The Phoenix Twins defeated The Northstar Express in an incredible tag team battle between two rivals that is reminiscent of the Hart Foundation and The British Bulldogs

1st Runner Up-
Jeremy Wyatt vs “The Future” Donovan Ruddick
(House Springs, Missouri)
February 21, 2009
(Lethal Wrestling Alliance)

2nd Runner Up
Dave Vaughn vs. AJ Williams
(St Louis Missouri)
February 14,2009
(MMWA-SICW)

3rd Runner Up
The Feature Presentation vs. The Hybrids vs. Ryan Phoenix &
Axis

Springfield, Illinois
New Midwest Wrestling
Others receiving votes- Zero Gravity vs. Arik Cannon & Marek Brave (SCW), Hype Gotti vs. Sonjay Dutt vs. Jeremy Wyatt (PWP)

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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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A ‘Diamond’ shines at South Broadway

Posted by reimaginejournalism on January 8, 2009

Second Generation Wrestler Destiny Diamond, a high school senior, follows in her father, “Wild Child” Billy Diamond’s footsteps while hitting the books as well as the gym

By Kari Williams

Destiny Diamond spent half of her high school career learning how to wrestle, and on Nov. 1, 2008 showed the fruits of her labor to the Mid-Missouri Wrestling Association—Southern Illinois Championship Wrestling (MMWA-SICW), better known in the St. Louis area as ‘South Broadway’ as she fought victoriously against El Uno Loco.

For the better part of two years, she trained and perfected her craft, but the desire the step into the squared circle came much earlier.

“I came to MMWA shows since I was about eight years old with my dad, and I watched him, and I was like, ‘I want to do it!’… He was the biggest influence, like 98%. I don’t know how to explain it, just seeing him do it, he brought me to do it, and it’s something we can do together,” Diamond said.

As proud as her father, ‘Wild Child’ Billy Diamond, is, he had a few reservations about her entering the business.

“My reaction was mixed. I knew the politics in the business but also knew that she had the desire to do it and was going to regardless. So, I looked at it as an opportunity to train her and make sure she wasn’t misguided by the wrong people,” Billy said.

Destiny attends Northwest High School in High Ridge, MO and deals with the task of balancing wrestling and studying for her classes. No matter the cost—and the fact that she believes wrestling gets in the way of school—she would not change a thing.

“It’s hard because all of the big tests come up and you have school the next day after training for a couple hours, and it’s hard to do, but it’s worth it.

“The biggest challenge is having the energy to [wrestle] and trying to cover up the bruises…It’s hard to explain because you can go to school and say, ‘Yeah, I got these bruises from wrestling,’ and people take it the wrong way, thinking I’m getting beat up when really it’s for fun,” Destiny said.

During Destiny’s freshman year, her American History Teacher Bob Wilhelm revealed his love for the sport.

“I had a teacher who coached wrestling, and I wore one of the MMWA shirts to school one day, and he knew about the organization, and he keeps asking me about it every time I walk by,” Destiny said.

An avid pro wrestling fan, Wilhelm watches every Monday and Friday with his son, who also enjoys the sport. Having known Destiny for four years, he has seen her enthusiasm.

“I love that she is interested in wrestling. She has a real passion for it. She is a real go-getter,” Wilhelm said.

Destiny made a personal choice to let others into her life beyond the clasroom.

“I decided to tell people [about wrestling at school] because…guys in general will tell guys [about sports] just becaue they’ll talk about all their guy sports, and I’ll be like, ‘Oh yeah, well I wrestle with guys,’” Destiny said.

In addition, she let the whole school into her world through an article in the school newspaper and the yearbook, where she and her twin sister, Natasha, were featured wrestling. According to Destiny, her sister “was in training for a while but she decided to veer off and keep her head in the books for a while, but…there may be another ‘Diamond’ to shine soon.”

“I was training for a while to become a wrestler. I had decided to leave it for a while to focus on school because it is our senior year, and I wanted to make the best of it. I plan on returning to training this year and [will] start wrestling with my sister when I can. Before, when I was in training with her, we had some pretty good tag team moves for us,” Natasha said.

Despite putting her own dreams on hold, Natasha attended the MMWA-SICW show when Destiny made her debut.

“I’m honestly really proud of her. When she wrestled on her debut night, I couldn’t have been more happy. I was cheering her on so much, I think I lost my voice the next day,” Natasha said.

Destiny’s ultimate goal in wrestling is “To get [her] name out there and make a statement. [She wants to] show that young girls like [her] can do this.” After high school, Destiny hopes to branch out and begin working for other promotions in the area and beyond.

“I want to try and hook up with more organizations and get my name out there, and hopefully go big. LWA is good and UWA, and eventually I want to try ROH, but that’s really long down the road obviously, but that’d be cool,’ Destiny said.

With her father’s support and training, Destiny has the opportunity to accomplish the goals she set for herself.

“She is very receptive and listens when she is training and is watching and learning all she can. I never would have dreamed that she would take [wrestling] by storm like she has. She has unlimited potential, and I am amazed everytime I see her in her matches,” Billy said.

Destiny Diamond holds the Heavyweight Title of the then-champion Jeremy Lightfoot prior to her training. "[Jeremy Lightfoot] taught me the basics, and then he taught me how to jump off the ropes, do some high flying stuff," Destiny said.

Destiny Diamond holds the Heavyweight Title of the then-champion Jeremy Lightfoot prior to her training. “[Jeremy Lightfoot] taught me the basics, and then he taught me how to jump off the ropes, do some high flying stuff,” Destiny said.

To catch Destiny in action, one can attend the Jan. 10 MMWA-SICW show at the South Broadway Athletic Club located at 2301 S. 7th Street in St. Louis, MO 63104.

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MWR November 2008 Awards

Posted by flairwhoooooo on December 12, 2008

November Wrestler of the Month

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Jeremy Wyatt (PWP, LWA, 3XW, HVW, NWA-DPW)

The rebel wrestled in FIVE organizations in four states in the month of November. At 3XW in Iowa, he defeated the vastly improving Mike Sydal. In Illinois with HVW he wrestled Kahagas in such a tough match that Kahagas had to use a fake injury to get the upper hand to steal the win. At LWA in Missouri, he retained the LWA Championship in a three way between Dingo and KC Karrington when he pinned Karrington.

 

He traveled to PWP  in Iowa he was able to retain the PWP Championship when he defeated former Champion Abu Colossus and #1 Brett Young in a three way dance. Last, but not least he returned to Kansas with the NWA, he was scheduled to take on Dingo but when Dingo was unable to go, none other than ROH Star Davey Richards would be the man Wyatt had to beat. In a match up that Wyatt sure felt the next day; the outcome was once again a win for the Rebel Jeremy Wyatt.

 

 

 

 

1st Runner Up - Brandon Espinosa (AAPW, LWA, NWA-DPW, HVW)
2nd Runner Up –
The Future Donovan Ruddick (HVW, LWA)
3rd Runner Up –
Gabriel Brimstone (MECW)

 

Others receiving votes: Curly (AAPW, IWAP), Dacobra (HVW, NBWA), Steven Davis (IWAP,AAPW) Shane Hollister (SCW)

 

 

 

November Tag Team of the month

  

 

 

 

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Simply The Best: Hype Gotti and Tony Cortez (PWP)

Pro Wrestling Phoenix bad boys, Simply the Best won the titles from the MWR Revival cup 2008 Champions the Northstar Express in the month of November.When they are not causing trouble Hype Gotti and Tony “Babyface” Cortez enjoys winning titles. They are the first in history to have held the Tag team championship as well as the PWP Heavyweight Championship.

1st Runner Up-  Steven Kennedy and KC Karrington (Ego Express) (LWA, NWA-DPW)
2nd Runner Up -
Mad Dog McDowell and Aaron Masterson (Bayou Outlaws) ( MECW)
3rd Runner Up –Brett Gakiya and CJ Esparza (Zero Gravity) (NGW,SCW)

 

Others receiving votes: Mark Sterling and Gage Octane The Gentlemen’s Club (3XW),

Davey Vega, Pierre Abernathy, and Evan Gelistico The Bandana Mafia  (HVW),

The Feature Presentation Eric Ruffington and Blake Steel (NBWA) (NMW)


November Woman Wrestler of the Month

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Malia Hosaka (3XW)

At 3XW the wily veteran continued her winning ways when she defeated Katie Syren, a former WLW superstar. A multi talented wrestler who has wrestled around the world, Malia is a force to be reckoned with in the Midwest.

 

1st Runner Up -Stacey O’ Brien  [WLW]  
2nd Runner Up
Destiny Diamond (MMWA-SICW)


                          November Promotion of the Month

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NWA Dynamo Pro Wrestling

 

In a time where 100 people attending is good, 221 is phenomenal. What is more impressive is the last time wrestling was there the attendance was low. More important than the number was the crowd response. From the time the bell rang to the last pinfall the place was off the hook.

 

1st Runner Up –New Midwest Wrestling   
2nd Runner Up – 3XW
3rd Runner Up – IWA Productions

Others receiving votes – AAPW,HVW, Chaos Pro Wrestling

 

November Personality of the month

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Magic Man (HVW) 

 

Seemingly 100% behind his man from the PWI 500, The Magic Man turned on Kahagas during the main event of the last High Voltage show, aligning himself with “Future” Donovan Ruddick. He showed that he gravitates toward greatness, and he felt that Kahagas could not handle it anymore (see video on Missouri Wrestling Revival). Overall, Magic Man’s wit and knowledge warrant his nomination for Personality of the month.

 

 

 

1st Runner Up- Luke Roberts (LWA)

 

November Match of the month

 

NWA Kansas Champion #1 Brett Young

Vs.

Tyler Cook

(NWA Presents Dynamo Pro Wrestling)

October 29th Pomona, Kansas

 

On a night where every match was top notch, the pressure was on in front of 221 people. The Kansas Champion was at his very best, working the crowd to frenzy and using every advantage to retain the title. Tyler Cook, worked and worked to get the momentum going his way but when Cook hit the uncovered turnbuckle (Thanks to Brett Young earlier) he would go home without the belt. In the main event, you can make or break what the fans thought of the night. Cook showed that he can live up to the hype that many feel he is capable. The fans though, cant wait to see Brett Young get what’s coming to him next time. What more can you ask from the bad guy?

 

1st Runner Up-

Tournament for the SCW title

Danny Daniels vs. Krotch

11-08-2008

(SCW)

 

 

2nd Runner Up-

New Midwest Heavyweight Title

Mississippi Madman vs. Benz

11-22-2008, Springfield, IL

(NMW)

 

3rd Runner Up-

Mark Sterling vs. The Future Donovan Ruddick

11-08-2008 House Springs Mo.

(LWA)

 

 

Others receiving votes :

(HVW)TheFuture” Donovan Ruddick vs. “TheeBrandon Espinosa v. Kahagas 11-22

(AAPW) Edmund “Livewire” McGuire V. Ax Stevens (I Quit Match)

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2008 Wrestling Revival Cup Women’s Results

Posted by Admin on November 28, 2008

2008 Wrestling Revival Cup Women’s Results!

Missouri Wrestling Revival’s
2008 Wrestling Revival Cup Women’s Champion
:

Stacey O’Brien [197 points]

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MWR 2008 Wrestling Revival Cup Women's Champ: Stacey O'Brien

Accomplishments:

  • World League Wrestling Lady’s Champion.
  • MMWA-SICW Women’s Champion.
  • MWR Woman of the 3rd Quarter 2008.
  • MWR Woman of the 2nd Quarter 2008
  • MWR May 2008 Woman of the Month.
  • MWR July 2008 Woman of the Month.
  • MWR September 2008 Woman of the Month.

Final Standings:

2008 Wrestling Revival Cup Women’s Champion: Stacey O’Brien [197 points]

1.  MsChif [167 points]
2.  Ms. Natural [96 points]
3.  Alexis Lightfoot [67 points]
4.  Amy Hennig [51 points]
5.  Diabla [49 points]
6. December
7. Kimberly Kash
8. Malia Hosaka
9. Sulema
10. Sara Del Ray
11. Allison Wonderland
12. Cherry Malone
13. Daizee Haze
14. Serenity
15. Ann Brookstone
16. Destiny Diamond
17. Lacey
18. Tasha Simone
19. Barb the Biker Babe
20. Ryan Ramsey
21. Su Yung
22. Amazing Kong
23. Ashley Brook
24. Auburn Thunder
25. Melissa the Photographer
26. Mickie Knuckles
27. Mystik
28. Natasha – 2 points
29. Rebecca Raze – 2 points

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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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