This week I take you through how I did my new portrait of John Cena! Also, new art featuring Wade Barrett, Curtis Axel, Sheamus, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, and Dean Ambrose! Plus updates on what’s up for auction through WWE! And finally, El Chuparobra clarifies the mysteries of art for you!
Posts Tagged ‘John Cena’
Posted by flairwhoooooo on February 10, 2014
Posted by flairwhoooooo on September 23, 2013
Missouri Wrestling Revival is excited to have a photo from the MWR Vault featured in the brand new, hot off the presses 2013 Pro Wrestling Illustrated 500 magazine.
Be sure to pick up the PWI November 2013 edition with a great photo of John Cena on the cover by photographer Duane Long. In the issue be sure to check out the NEVER BEFORE SEEN photo of the entertaining Sugar Dunkerton as he delivers an explosive knee on PS Express member Scott Keyes at New Midwest Wrestling in Springfield, Illinois from MWR Owner Brian Kelley.
Also featured in the magazine is the complete list of the top 500 wrestlers as named by the hard working men and women at PWI. Yet, that is not all, be sure to check out the Independent Roundup by Mike Bessler, The International Report by Dan Murphy, the PWI Official Ratings and much much more!!
Congrats to each of the wrestlers that MWR and their fans have enjoyed in the past year in the ring here in the Midwest. A brief list of these stars include former MWR Wrestlers of the Year Brandon Espinosa, Jeremy Wyatt and the reigning MWR Wrestler of the Year Adam Pearce. The list also features stars such as Michael Elgin, , Davey Richards, Johnny Gargano, Sami Callihan, Kyle O’Reilly, Colt Cabana, Jimmy Jacobs, Wes Brisco, ACH, Ricochet, TJ Perkins, Chuck Taylor, Kahagas, Stevie Richards, Tadarius Thomas, Darin Corbin, Flash Flanagan, Ace Hawkins, Matt Riviera, Tony Koziuna, Oliver Cain, Greg Anthony, Michael Barry, Aaron Epic, Ruff Crossing, Dave Osborne, Raphael (Matt ) King are just a few of the excellent talents in this years’ PWI 500 now on sale at all quality newsstands or purchase the digital version for onl $4.99 by clicking here
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Posted by flairwhoooooo on December 7, 2010
Last month at Pro Wrestling Epic we were on hand to watch the PWE Champion the Mississippi Madman team up with former WWE’s Eugene to take on “The Future” Donovan Ruddick and Mason Beck.
During the evening I had the chance to sit down with a young Michael Hayes. Hayes is just beginning to train under Eugene (Nick Dinsmore )and the rest of the staff at Ohio Valley Wrestling.
The website says it best
Ohio Valley Wrestling is recognized around the world as one of the finest professional wrestling training facilities in the industry. OVW counts among its many accolades that it was once one of the official developmental programs for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), the sport’s leading promotion.
Over the years, OVW has trained over one hundred superstars for the WWE, including many current and past WWE Champions: Batista, John Cena, Victoria, Doug and Danny Basham, Shelton Benjamin, Charlie Haas, Randy Orton, plus many more including Rob Conway, Eugene, Sylvan Grenier, Bobby Lashley, and Lance Cade.
Located in Louisville, Kentucky, OVW‘s training center is under the supervision of OVW owner “Nightmare” Danny Davis, a former pro wrestler with nearly 30 years’ experience in wrestling, managing, promoting, and training, with Rip Rogers as lead trainer – who is a veteran pro wrestler and trainer in his own right.
Let me share with you a special interview I did with Hayes.
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: “The Future" Donovan Ruddick, Batista, Bobby Lashley, Charlie Haas, Danny Basham, Danny Davis, Eugene, John Cena, Lance Cade, Mason Beck, Michael Hayes, Ohio Valley Wrestling, OVW, Pro Wrestling Epic, Randy Orton, Rip Rogers, Rob Conway, Shelton Benjamin, Sylvan Grenier, Victoria, World Wrestling Entertainment | 1 Comment »
Posted by flairwhoooooo on July 9, 2010
By Dubray Tallman
Thank you for taking the time to join me with a new Dubi meets the fans, where today we are at Pro Wrestling Epic for the very first edition of Dubi meets the Fans at PWE.
This night promised to be special because one of MWR’S rising stars the PWE US Champion “Irresistible Brandon Aarrons was set to face the current Ring of Honor World Champion Tyler Black. Aarons has won the hearts of fans in St Louis but it would be interesting to see how this match up would go. In the near future Brian will have a photo recap of this historic match up as well as the rest of night of wrestling action from Mt Pulaski Illinois.
This was also the night were we debuted the Tyler Black MWR Trading Card, and we presented Tyler Black with a MWR Top Draw courtesy of MWR Artist Dartallian Allen.
To start the night Brian introduced me to the Nose Bleed Seats MOAV5706 and Chris Lee who had brought his son to the show and I caught up with the famous Crime Fighter. To find out more info on our friends at the NBS checked out their site here.
Meanwhile I was on the hunt to find some people for this edition of Dubi meets the fans. I was thrilled to meet an energetic group of fans from Lincoln Illinois with one stating that they try to go to all the local shows. We talked about wrestling and they said nationally they like John Cena but on this night they were excited to meet Tyler Black. After Tyler got done visiting with some fans he was kind enough to join us for a picture. Danny, Richard, Greg, Mike , Jerry and Scott all had the chance to get their picture taken with the hottest wrestler today Tyler Black.
The next group of fans that I met was uncertain who they wanted to chose for the night but stated that they would let me know at Intermission. Krotch had open the night in exciting fashion with a win against MR. Late Nite’s protégé Graves. Karma would come back to bite Graves as the week prior he, “The Perfect Weapon” Morbid and MR Late Nite turned on Cabal leaving him brutally laying in the ring after they lost to Mephisto and Justin Wade. This night Mr. Late Nite would show his true colors when he turned on Graves before the match ended. The ace in the whole for this weasel of a manager was he had just paid for the services of one of the Midwest most powerful man in the Midwest “The Future” Donovan Ruddick.
With the exciting win Krotch once again was chosen for the Dubi meets the fans picture, making him one of the most requested wrestlers in the Midwest for this feature, wheather it is at 3XW, MECW or PWE the fans can not get enough Krotch…. Wait Did I just say that? Melissa, Charles Mariah, Kristin and Tommy all posed with Krotch.
Ruddick would make an impact later in the night when he turned on his friend The Mississippi Madman. The Madman had a cast on his hand due to an injury and was not expecting the assault by Ruddick. The Madman promised to get revenge when he heals up.
Ruddick and his manager Mr. Late Nite would not be done when Ruddick challenged Jimmy Karryt for the HWC Championship. Brian is a big fan of this rising star and had asked if he would do the honors of wearing a MWR Shirt to the ring prior to his match. In a hysterical moment of the night Brian was attempting to take a picture of Karryt coming to the ring and was backing up where he nearly went head over heels on a bunch of chairs that got the laugh of the night from the crowd. That’s my boyfriend. Karryt threw the MWR Shirt to young Paula Merrell and though he lost the title and was bruised and battered he still took the time to pose with his fan.
Unfortunately Ruddick and Mr. Late Nite would not be denied as they would go home with the HWC Title in my personal opinion of the match of the night. I look forward to a rematch between these two in the near future no pun intended.
I had to decide on whom my pick for the Dubi meets the Fans photo and who would be better than the PWE US Champion Brandon Aarons prior to the biggest match in his career.
I won’t lie the trip was long but we had a great time while having a lot of fun. The wrestling was very good and PWE announced that evening that they would be returning to Lincoln Illinois Balloon Festival on August 28th. We went last year and had a great time watching wrestling outside while the Balloon liftoff was going on. If you missed it check out Brian’s Photo Recap of that show here and mark your calendar for this date.
Springfield Illinois we will be coming to your town when MWR comes to New Midwest Wrestling for the very first time on July 10th. Look for Dubi meets the NMW fans!!
I look forward to seeing you there.
Till next time Love Dubz
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: 3XW, Brandon Aarons, Brandon Graves, Cabal, Crimefighter, Dartallian Allen, Donovan Ruddick, Dubi meets the PWE Fans, Dubray Tallman, Jimmy Karryt, John Cena, Justin Wade, Krotch, MECW, Mephisto, Missouri Wrestling Revival, MOAV5706, Morbid, MR Late Nite, MWR, NBS, New Midwest Wrestling, NMW, Nose Bleed Seats, Pro Wrestling Epic, PWE, Ring of Honor, ROH, The Mississippi Madman, Tyler Black | Leave a Comment »
Come see Living Legend Mil Mascaras in a rare appearance in the Midwest at NWA Dynamo on Wednesday April 29th.
Posted by flairwhoooooo on April 11, 2009
By Brian “Flair” Kelley
What do John Cena, The Rock, Roddy Piper, Hulk Hogan and Steve Austin all have in common? They each followed the footsteps of Wrestling Legend Mil Máscaras who went from being a Superstar in the sport of wrestling to being a star on the big screen.
Thanks to Ring of Honor, the Midwest wrestling fans got to meet living legend Ric Flair in St Louis this past March. Later this month on April 29th in Ottawa Kansas NWA Dynamo invites you for what could be a once in a lifetime chance to meet the Lucha Libra’s version of America’s Hulk Hogan, Mil Máscaras.
Mil Máscaras who is nicknamed “The Man of a 1,000 Masks” is not only a hero in Mexico but his contributions to the sport of wrestling changed wrestling around the world. He is credited with becoming one of the first masked luchadores outside of Mexico to be cheered outside his home country. Máscaras was blessed with great size and conditioning that permitted him to Main event around the world. He thrilled the fans with his great knowledge of the wrestling moves and was able to awe them as he was one of the first wrestlers to introduce the high-flying moves of lucha libre, such as the plancha and tope suicida.
His impact on the wrestling world has had ringing endorsements from his peers, The original Tiger Mask, has described Máscaras’ impact on Japanese professional wrestling, “If it weren’t for Mil Mascaras, there would be no Jushin Liger, Último Dragón or the Great Sasuke today,”. Younger fans should know that Mascaras’ success in the US also paved the way for other luchadores such as Rey Mysterio, Jr., who just recently won the WWE Intercontinental Championship at WrestleMania. Just imagine if you combined John Cena and Rey Mysterio then what you would have is Mil Máscaras. A man who had the power and flew with ease, one could say the perfect wrestler.
Just like Elvis Presley, Mil Máscaras’s physique, colorful attire and flamboyant personality had the fans begging to see more of the star outside his profession. Mascaras gave the fans what they wanted and went to star in movies. His self titled film “Mil Máscaras” in 1966 jumped started a career in the movies that have spanned five decade long.
On April 29th you can join Mascaras as he will be filming a special match for sequel to his last movie “Mil Mascaras: Resurrection” originally title Mil Mascaras vs. the Aztec Mummy.Join NWA Dynamo Pro Wrestling for one of the biggest wrestling events in the Midwest of 2009 when Hollywood and wrestling meet once again.
- Straight from the NWA Dynamo Wrestling office
Pro wrestling returns to Ottawa, Ks. when NWA Dynamo Pro presents a night of exciting action culminating in a huge main event where former NWA World Junior Heavyweight Champion Tony Kozina takes on the “Man of 1,000 Masks” Mil Mascaras. Mr. Mascaras will be filming scenes for his latest film project titled Mil Mascars: Aztec Revenge through out the evening. Come be a part of this historic night of action an possibly end up seeing your face on the silver screen.
N.W.A. Dynamo presents a most unique match-up as former 2-time N.W.A. World Jr. Heavyweight Champion, Tony Kozina squares off against the Legendary “Man of a thousand masks” Mil Mascaras on Wednesday night, April 29th 2009 in Ottawa, Kansas, just outside of Kansas City.
Kozina went off in a post-match interview after Chikara’s King of Trios in Philadelphia on March 29th. “For 12 long years I’ve sat by quietly, and respectfully while I’ve been passed over, and underrated. Well today it stops, because I will sit quietly no longer. I issue a challenge to any and all promotions across the globe, and to every world class professional wrestler around the world! Tony Kozina will sit quietly no longer. I’m gonna be here year after year until I face the very best and earn my place among the very best in wrestling. You can’t break my spirit.
You can’t break my will, nor can you break my determination, because I am unbreakable!!”
With that, this unusual challenge was met by one of the greatest and most famous Luchadores in wrestling history. In a rare U.S. appearance, Mil Mascaras, coming in from Mexico City, Mexico, will take the stage to face the brash and determined Tony Kozina in a match that will no doubt give the Pacific Northwest native exactly what he wants. A chance to face the very best in professional wrestling from around the world.
National Guard Armory
208 West 17th Street
Get your tickets now for this once in a lifetime event at NWA Dynamo Pro Wrestling.
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: Último Dragón, Elvis Presley, Great Sasuke, Hulk Hogan, Hulk Hogan and Steve Austin, John Cena, Jr., Jushin Liger, Mil Máscaras, NWA Dynamo, Rey Mysterio, Ric Flair, Ring of Honor, Roddy Piper, The Rock, Tony Kozina, WrestleMania, WWE Intercontinental Championship | 1 Comment »
Posted by flairwhoooooo on December 16, 2008
Mark Bland and Matt Krueger host the new episode of Absolute Wrestling Radio.
Highlights include a preview of the MWR Best of the Midwest Match 3 at LWA on January 3rd. The Midwest dream match of ROH Star Tyler Black taking on LWA Champion Jeremy Wyatt. Thank you to the ABS family for taking the time to let others know about a match that is a must see in 2009.
They also discuss WWE’S Armageddon, UFC’S Ultimate Fighter Finale show. Find out also which one enjoys watching Spongebob SquarePants and they ask who would you like to see from TNA take on WWE Superstar John Cena. This episode has an exciting hour that has a little of everything.
Join ABS Radio next weekend from 2 P.M. to 3 P.M .for a special Christmas broadcast. You will have a chance to win two prize packs that include DVD’S, T-shirts and more from Absolute Wrestling Radio.
To hear the 12-14-2008 show go to MWR-ABS Podcast.
Then add Absolute Wrestling Radio as your friend on Myspace.
Posted by Admin on October 9, 2008
Combat Tested, Mother Approved!
MWR vs WWE vs TNA?
by Josh Ray (MWR Owner/Editor)
A day or two ago I began thinking to myself about the vice grip that World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has on professional wrestling here in the United States. Sometimes it gets frustrating for me to see talented, believable wrestlers left out of the mainstream simply because they aren’t the son or daughter of a former pro wrestler or aren’t a clone of Randy Orton. I understand that WWE is doing smart business, but smart business can sometimes be the undoing of the business, too.
In addition to the glass ceiling that keeps many wrestlers from reaching full potential, the exit door can be very unforgiving, too. WWE owns the wrestlers’ names in many cases, or changes the names so that when the wrestler returns to the independent scene his name value and drawing power is greatly diminshed. If a wrestler is an independent contractor, they should be able to retain the name when they no longer compete in WWE. It’s actually really sad that WWE conducts business that way.
Total Nonstop Action (TNA) has started conducting business in this way to a lesser degree. I completely understand not letting the wrestlers compete on the independent scene while they work for the respective company, provided they are being adaquetly paid. However, once they are done they should be allowed to retain the name of the character that they have bled and sweat in order to get over.
I’m off on a tangent, I know, but it all leads (sort of) to the point I wanted to make in this post. MWR. WWE. TNA. A face off.
Now I’m not talking about some fantasy rehash of the Monday Night Wars. I’m merely speculating on some of the great matchups that could be over the years if there was more of a 1990’s way of doing things.
Here are ten that I’ve been thinking of the most:
10. Phoenix Twins vs Motor City Machine Guns vs London & Kendrick.
This match would have all the ingredients of a great, fast-paced tag team bout. Personally, I wouldn’t have a favorite in this. Whoever won would be completely fine with me.
9. Northstar Express vs Ted DiBiase Jr & Cody Rhodes.
What could be better than two guys from the WWE who think they are “Priceless” squaring off against one of the most accomplished tag teams in the Midwest? I’d love to see the mind games being played between both teams as each tried to gain an advantage.
8. “Future” Donovan Ruddick vs John Cena.
John Cena is the symbol of success in professional wrestling in the modern era. Personally, I feel like “The Future” symbol of success, Donovan Ruddick, would be up to the task and would make this a very interesting match.
7. Dingo vs Kurt Angle.
The NWA Missouri Champ has proven time and time again that he can adapt to any style to bring pro wrestling fans the absolute best. If Kurt Angle was healthy, this match would be match of the year candidate.
6. Mark Sterling vs William Regal.
Sterling has mentioned in the past that he’s a student of the Regal school of wrestling thought. Personally, I can see it. Sterling vs Regal would be hard-hitting and vicious, with old school ring psychology that makes me more than happy.
5. Michael Strider vs Fit Finlay.
I’ve seen Strider have some great brawls but with all due respect to each and every opponent he had in all of them, this would be the best. Finlay is nearing 50 years old and can still go like nobody else. There is no doubt in my mind that this one would be a classic.
4. Jeremy Wyatt vs Samoa Joe.
They don’t get any tougher than “The Rebel” Jeremy Wyatt. Samoa Joe could put his toughness to the test, but it would leave a great taste in the mouth of wrestling fans with no prior exposure to one of the MWR coverage area’s greatest talents.
3. CM Punk vs AJ Styles vs Tyler Cook.
Mark my words: Tyler Cook will be in WWE or TNA before all is said and done. My faith in this guy as a wrestler would be rewarded if this match was allowed to take place. AJ Styles and CM Punk are no strangers to the indy scene, and their styles would work well with Cook. In addition, Cook has the fitness level to make this match a 30 minute match… or more. The anticipation would nearly kill the audience, and I wouldn’t be surprised to here Tyler Cook’s name announced as the victor.
2. 3-way Rumble (elimination rules):
Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Lance Cade, Chris Jericho & Edge
“Superstar” Steve, Trevor Murdoch, Wade Chism, Dangerous Derek & Haku
Christian Cage, Sting, Booker T, Christopher Daniels & Eric Young
This match is purely a crazy thought on my part. What if we took 5 of WWE’s top guys and matched them up with a team of Harley’s top guys over the years? What if we then added a team from TNA consisting of three top veterans and two of there most successful originals? There are so many stories that could be told in an elimination styled brawl. This one here is probably the least likely to happen, but also one of the most intriguing.
1. Derek Stone & Mason Hunter vs Cryme Tyme.
Most people do not understand how much of a huge fan I am of the Derek Stone/Mason Hunter tag team. I’ve watched a lot of their work and have always enjoyed the antics in the ring and the continuity they had as a tag team. The dynamic of pitting them against thugs who like money and steal things… awesome!
These are just some of the matches I can think of off the top of my head. Hit me up at email@example.com and let me know some of the matches you’d like to see. I’ll put your name and the match you chose in my next installment of “Combat Tested, Mother Approved!”
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: AJ Styles, Booker T, Chris Jericho, Christian Cage, Christopher Daniels, CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, Cryme Tyme, Dangerous Derek, Derek Stone, Dingo, Donovan Ruddick, Edge, Eric Young, Fit Finlay, Haku, jeremy wyatt, John Cena, Kurt Angle, Lance Cade, London & Kendrick, mark sterling, Mason Hunter, michael strider, Motor City Machine Guns, Northstar Express, Phoenix Twins, Randy Orton, Samoa Joe, Shawn Michaels, Sting, Ted DiBiase Jr, Total Nonstop Action, Trevor Murdoch, Triple H, tyler cook, Wade Chism, William Regal, WWE | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Admin on August 24, 2008
So Close to Doing the Impossible
Amy Hennig’s Pro Wrestling Debut and WLW Results
by Joshua Ray
You would think that a guy who lives an hour away from World League Wrestling in Eldon, MO would make it to a WLW show more often, but alas that hasn’t been the case. After attending my first Eldon WLW show on July 26, 2008, that is definitely changing.
WLW presented a great show at the Eldon Community Center, right next to the old Harley Race Wrestling Academy, on July 26, 2008. The crowd was loud (more on that later) and the wrestlers gave it their all. You can’t ask for anything more!
Earlier in the day I had the opportunity to sit with my good friend Brian “Flair” Kelley and his girlfriend at the Eager Beaver in Eldon as we waited for Eugene to arrive for an autograph signing. My wife accompanied me to Eldon that day, and the four of us had a great visit. I’ll tell you right now, the burgers at the Eager Beaver were pretty good.
Another enjoyable part of the time at the Eager Beaver was getting to chat with Harley and BJ Race for fifteen or twenty minutes about wrestling. I first talked to the Race family in April in my hometown of Lebanon, MO and even though it was a great event and I had a good talk with BJ, I was worried that I might have made a bad impression on Harley. Before writing this, only my wife really knew about that fact. I was very impressed with Harley Race and his genuinely kind and humble personality. I was just concerned about I came off. Everyday is a learning experience and you should always strive to learn from your mistakes, but life is too short to learn exclusively from your own mistakes and I definitely didn’t want April’s interactions with him to be on that list of mistakes I was forced to learn from.
My concerns were put to rest when I chatted with both about WLW’s upcoming training camp with Pro Wrestling NOAH September 15th through the 18th as well as wrestlers that I thought they should keep their eye on. My opinion is worth the same as sand is in Iraq (I’m still digging some of that sand out of crevices, but I digress), but I appreciated him listening and responding to what I had to say.
Eugene arrived, but Brian and I were more content to chat and watch Eugene interact with the young kids to harass him about an interview. One classic exchange between Eugene and a boy went like this:
Kid: You’re my favorite wrestler, Eugene.
Eugene: Well why are you wearing a John Cena shirt, then?
That one got a loud reaction from everybody in the Eager Beaver. Of course Eugene still graciously gave the boy an autograph. I have no doubt that this young boy will remember that conversation for the rest of his life, and that is what pro wrestling is all about. This is why I love it so much.
My group left the Eager Beaver and had some extra time on our hands, so BJ was kind enough to let us tour their brand new facility. It is located right next to the restaurant. The highlight for me was Harley Race’s office. He had the old Central States Championship and his old NWA Heavyweight Title on display. To me, those things are awe inspiring.
Now is the time for me to poke a little fun at my buddy Brian. He knows he messed up, plus even though he’s my friend I really don’t like him very much. While BJ Race was giving us a tour, Brian asked her how she felt when Harley won the NWA Heavyweight Title. Well, back when he won that belt, she didn’t know he even existed! They were married years later. She still answered him, verifying this fact, but I still thought it was funny since I know he knew that already. That’s Brian for you, though. He asks the hard questions… the really hard questions… as in the questions that are impossible to answer. It’s okay, though… later in the evening during Eugene’s first match, I yelled Eric instead of Eugene for some reason. Classic.
I still didn’t corner Eugene for a quick interview. One of these days I’ll learn to do my job. Hopefully I will have another opportunity. I was too busy taking in the new facility to think about such trivial things as doing what I’m supposed to. Next you’ll be asking me to actually watch a wrestling match or something.
I was impressed with the Eldon Community Center when we arrived there for the show. It was large for the size of the town, and very clean. Michael Strider, Tyler Cook, and Domino Rivera arrived and said hello to Brian and me. I didn’t know what the lineup was going to be for the night, but I was personally hoping for Domino Rivera to make it onto the show. I think the guy is talented and deserves more recognition than he currently receives. A match I watched recently between him and Derek Stone was good, and he’s been working great matches for Central States Wrestling over the past year as well.
Once in the building, my main complaint was that the merchandise was hard to get access to. Over the course of the night I was able to chat with Tyler Cook and Bao Nguyen, both of which are becoming favorites of mine, but it was hard to squeeze up to the tables and it always felt as if I was in somebody’s way.
The first match was “Vietnam Phenom” Bao Nguyen vs Akiyago. Akiyago received a lot of negative attention from the crowd and was hit with the first of too many “chicken” chants, led by the guy sitting right next to me. I love to hassle guys as much as the next person, but I try to come up with more to insult them than just “chicken”. Akiyago defeated “Vietnam Phenom” Bao Nguyen by pinfall, using the ropes for leverage. Martin T was the ref, so of course I gave him a hard time. Martin is a great guy and has humored me on many occasions away from the ring, but he has a tendency to call the match in a way that makes my favorite wrestlers lose. Not cool.
I’m not sure, but I believe the next match was Tyler Cook vs Brian Breaker. I think that Breaker is a great wrestler and Tyler Cook is one of the brightest prospects out there, but it seemed in spots that they had a hard time against each other. Cook flirted with Brian’s girlfriend and my wife entirely too much, making me feel guilty that I hadn’t rubbed baby oil all over my body or tanned recently, but I feel I’m sexy enough without all of the added benefits. Cook managed to pin Breaker, so I guessed I’d better leave him alone. Lord knows that he received enough “tighty whitey chicken” chants to last a lifetime. Oh well, at least they added two words to the first matches “chicken” chants. Who am I to complain?
Next up was Michael Strider vs Marc Godeker. Godeker wrestled a good match and is really a talented guy. I need to make it a point to chat with him at the next show I make it to. Hopefully his tag team partner, Steve Anthony, will be recovered from his broken leg and I can see them in tag team action. Even thought Strider was blatantly cheating, I couldn’t help but cheer him on. I think I was the only one… and since Martin T was the ref again for this match, he made sure that Strider lost. I’ll bring some of my basic training birth control glasses for him next time around. Maybe then he can call the match the way I want it called. I’m a paying fan. I should get what I want.
I didn’t know the next match would be taking place, but I didn’t complain. It would see the pro wrestling debut of Amy Hennig. Her first match wasn’t going to be easy, though, as she was given the unenviable task of facing the WLW Ladies Champion, Stacey O’Brien. Amy Hennig is one of the number one prospects for the Midwest, but after that match I want to be sure to tell you that it isn’t simply because her father was “Mr. Perfect” Curt Hennig or her grandfather was Larry “The Axe” Hennig. That would be selling Amy short. She definitely has the tools to make a name for herself without the last name attached. In this particular match, however, she came up short. O’Brien is a talented veteran and one of the best in the Midwest right now. She used it all to her advantage and retained her title.
It is important to note that there was a chant throughout the crowd during this match that I felt was inappropriate. In my personal opinion, some individuals forget that we are not the close friends of a professional wrestler and should not act as such when in the crowd. A chant of “Do it for your Dad” started through the crowd and was very uncomfortable for me to hear. Ms. Hennig did an excellent job of acknowledging the chant and being gracious, but the fact of the matter was that it isn’t really something that should have been chanted during a wrestling match. I can’t speak for Amy as I do not know her personally, but talking with Brian after the evening concluded confirmed my feelings. Brian approached me and said that he felt embarrassed to be a wrestling fan with that chant going. Enough about that, though.
Things were about to liven up a bit, as a six man tag match was about to get under way. WLW Heavyweight Champion “Dangerous” Derek McQuinn, Dinn T Moore and Michael Strider knew that they were supposed to face former WWE star Eugene and the WLW Tag Team Champions. Unfortunately Marc Godeker’s tag team partner, Steve Anthony, was on the injured list for what looked to be a broken leg. Godeker came out with a microphone and told the men standing in the ring that he had a new partner. This partner was a man whom Derek McQuinn hadn’t beaten for the title… Keith Walker!
Walker was more than up for the challenge and the team of him, Eugene and Godeker frustrated their opponents for most of the match, but in the end fell victim to underhanded tactics. Derek, Strider and Moore picked up the win.
The end of the evening featured a battle royal. Ten men got in the ring to do battle and possibly earn the right for a Heavyweight Title shot in the near future. Brian Breaker, Tyler Cook, Bao Nguyen, Akiyavo and others entered the ring, but the last three were down to Michael Strider, Eugene and Dinn T Moore. The odds seemed stacked against the lovable Eugene. Amazingly enough he made it out as the victor!
It was a great night of action at the Eldon Community Center! I was happy to visit with Brian and see some terrific wrestling only an hour from my home.
Next up for World League Wrestling is a big Sedalia, MO show on September 6, 2008 featuring Wrestlemania 24’s hero Bobby Lashley! One week later World League Wrestling and Pro Wrestling NOAH join forces for a very promising training camp. Pro wrestling legend and current World Wrestling Entertainment agent Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat will be in attendance on behalf of the WWE. More information can be found by going to http://www.harleyrace.com/.
I hope that you have enjoyed my personal reflection on WLW’s July 26, 2008 show in Eldon, MO. I encourage you to go to one in your area or support your local independent wrestling promotion. Everyone wants options over the current WWE product, but it is up to you to make those alternatives successful!
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: Amy Hennig, Bao Nguyen, Bobby Lashley, Brian Breaker, Curt Hennig, Derek McQuinn, Derek Stone, Dinn T. Moore, Domino Rivera, Eugene, Harley Race, John Cena, Larry Hennig, Marc Godeker, Martin T, michael strider, NOAH, NWA, Ricky Steamboat, Stacey O'Brien, Steve Anthony, tyler cook, WLW | 3 Comments »