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Posted by flairwhoooooo on July 11, 2013
Marshall and Ross Von Erich wisely seek out the wrestling edge from Pro Wrestling Noah and WLW. See them this weekend in Warrensburg and Eldon, Missouri.
Posted by flairwhoooooo on April 23, 2012
By Brian Kelley
In the 80’s wrestling was on fire, and there were no wrestlers that were more loved than the Fritz Von Erich’s sons, Kerry, Kevin, David, Mike and Chris Von Erich. Though their home was the Texas promotion World Class Championship Wrestling, fans across the country and around the world fell in love with the Von Erich’s. Fans cheered , shouted and cried at times as they took on such villains as the Freebirds, “Gentleman” Chris Adams, “Gorgeous” Gino Hernandez, One Man Gang as well as having wrestling the great manager Gary Hart trying to take down the Von Erichs.
One of the greatest moments in wrestling history was on May 6, 1984, when Kerry Von Erich defeated “Nature Boy” Ric Flair in a historic match, in front of over 45,000 fans at Texas Stadium to win the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. Kerry’s victory was a tribute to his brother David, who had died three months earlier and for whom the event, the David Von Erich Memorial Parade of Champions, was named.
In their prime the Von Erich’s were the Beatles, Elvis and Jim Hendrix combined. Loved not only in the states but their impact on wrestling in Japan is still felt today.
Last fall, the fans around the Midwest were thrilled when Harley Race announced that participating during the annual WLW, WWE and Japans Pro Wrestling NOAH was the recent inductee in the WWE Hall of Fame Kevin Von Erich would be appearing.
During the week of the camp MWR was a guest of WLW and Pro Wrestling NOAH as Kevin along with WWE’S Steven Regal and Ricky Steamboat. The three stars along with Race taught the young wrestlers around the country who were fortunate to take the week long camp to learn with three of the top wrestling promotions around the world.
During the annual camp show, the fans came up to MWR with smiles that would remind you of a young child at Christmas time as they spoke about the kindness of one Kevin Von Erich. Sometime you meet your heroes that you grow up with and they live up to your expectations. It was an easy recap to do when so many fans left happy meeting Kevin, Harley, Steamboat and being entertained by the stars of WLW with a stacked card that featured a main event match between Steven Regal vs. Ace Steel.
The Pro Wrestling NOAH website reported earlier this year on January 14 that Kevin’s sons Marshall and Ross Von Erich who had participated in the WLW/Pro Wrestling NOAH/WWE camp in the fall, were on their way to Japan to work on their skills at the Pro Wrestling Noah dojo.
NOAH GM Ryu Nakata and USA and foreign affairs representative Ken Hirayama visited Kevin Von Erich & his family at their home. Kevin was pleased to meet with Ryu and showed him as his boys Ross & Marshall works out at their gym and teaching those fundamentals of the professional wrestling.
Kevin Von Erich and his sons arrived safely at Haneda Int’l Airport. As they announced their participation for NOAH Development program officially at the live coverage atNTV’s building media park along with many fans and other media outlets.
Ross & Marshall commented as they are very excited and honored to be able to join the NOAH organization and can’t wait to start training .Kevin commented as he was very pleased to have his 2 sons joining NOAH to start building the basic foundation.
Marshall and Ross are both natural athletes as Ross was highly respected as he won several fitness and weight lifting competitions as well as coach’s awards and recognition for his performance throughout high school and college. Marshall excelled at both football and discus, being named to the Kauai Interscholastic Federation All-Star team as a wide receiver and breaking a 12 year old island-wide record in discus.
When I met Marshall and Ross, I knew of their athletic background as I was honored to interview their dad who proudly spoke of them. When I saw them they were soft spoken and while I saw them in the ring during the camp I could tell they were timid and shy hitting the ropes.
So when I received word from the offices of WLW that Ross and Marshall were to make their wrestling debut in April in the Midwest, I was excited about the opportunity to take photos of the Von Erich’s first matches. To be a man and to be honest with you, I was not expecting much from them as far as ring work as they were so new.
Boy was I wrong. Pro Wrestling NOAH in a few months had them in amazing shape and more than ready for their debut. Their first night in Sedan, Kansas they would fall down in defeat against the WLW Champion “The Prince” Jason Jones and the 2011 MWR Future Star recipient Brian Breaker. A great crowd and Pro Wrestling NOAH videotaping the matches for them to be broadcast in Japan there is no doubt that the pressure was on the young boys.
MWR fans may know that Jones and Breaker has been at war with each other for the WLW title but with the newcomers of the Von Erich’s invading their home turf, they seem to have joined together to keep them from winning their first match.
With the taste of defeat from two of the finest young wrestlers in the country, Marshall and Ross had to regroup, oh how I would of loved to have been in the car from Sedan, Kansas to Richmond, Missouri while Kevin gave his two sons advice on how to improve their chances to take down the team as good as Jones and Breaker.
The night in Richmond started out rocky for the youngest Von Erich, Marshall who went one on one against the former WLW Champion and a man who has made his way last year for a tour of Pro Wrestling NOAH Brian Breaker along with former WWE Star Trevor Murdock. Though Marshall was in phenomenal shape, Breaker still had the edge with his power and size, but the young Von Erich used his speed to have Breaker in trouble.
Yet, out from the back came the sneaky snake Jason Jones, who had come to ringside and interfered just long enough to give Breaker the chance to steal the victory.
Brian Breaker and Jason Jones 2, the Von Erich brothers zero.
The stage was set at that time for as the Von Erich’s challenged Breaker and Jones to a rematch in the main event of the evening.
The building seemed too erupted, the action seem to be at a furious pace from the start.
Then it happened Marshall locked on the fearsome “Von Erich” Claw on the champ Jones, the fan in me almost shouted in joy as I seemed to have been transported back in 1983 but thankfully, I was able to regain my composure to take photos and remember that I was there in a professional capacity. Jones may be evil at times but he can wrestle and by no means is not an idiot did not hesitate to find a way out of the Claw before Marshall had it completely locked in.
With the Von Erich’s on fire, Breaker and Jones used their experience and a little cheating to get the edge it was looking bleak for the young Von Erich’s.
The young fans screamed with all their might to encourage the third generation stars to fight back against the odds and dirty deeds being dished out by Breaker and Jones.
Just as fast and furious the match had started the end was about to unravel for the WLW Champ Jones and Breaker as Ross delivered bruising kicks left and right, while Marshall locked on the Claw on Breaker then hoisted him up for a slam…
Yet Jones made the save and threw Marshall outside the ring and got the edge on Ross and was prepared for a big move when Marshall was able to get away from Breaker as the two had been going at each other at ringside. Marshall delivered a dropkick on Jones from the back allowing Ross to use the leverage for a roll up as the referee hit the mat 1-2-3.
History had been made in Richmond, Missouri!!!!!
Pro Wrestling NOAH caught it on tape to take back home to the millions of fans in Japan ,both MWR and Pro Wrestling NOAH were at ringside to photograph the historic moment while HOF Kevin Von Erich and Harley Race watching attentively as Marshall and Ross captured their first win in their career.
Marshall and Ross will continue their training at Harley Race’s Wrestling Academy for the next few months to go along with their impressive training at NOAH.
MWR Fans I urge you to take each and every opportunity to see the Von Erich sons in action while you can in the Midwest. WLW is always worth the price of admission but you will want to say you were there when Von Erich mania began.
Ross and Marshall along with their dad Kevin will be action this Friday and Saturday night in Warrensburg, Missouri and Eldon, Missouri along with the rest of the stars of WLW, Jones, Breaker, Steve Fender, Ryan Drago, Jeff Strong, Jack Gamble, Stacey O’Brien, the Great Cheyenne, Britton Tucker, Elvis Aliaga plus much more.
Remember fans that this Saturday in Eldon, Missouri WLW will be honoring the 8-time NWA World Champion with a special Harley Race Night.
We hope to see you there.
Posted by flairwhoooooo on April 14, 2012
Marshall and Ross Von Erich have arrived at The Harley Race Academy from Pro Wrestling NOAH to continue training and preparing for the WLW shows in April.
Attention all wrestling fans! World League Wrestling (WLW) is starting it’s SUPERBASH TOUR 2012 starting Friday April 20th. The location for the kickoff show is Sedan, KS at the Sedan Jr. High School Gymnasium. A portion of the proceeds goes to help the “Save The Gregg Theater” group based in the town of Sedan.
he following night takes place in Richmond, MO on April 21st (Saturday) at the Richmond Community Center. Again, a portion of the proceeds goes towards the Richmond Parks & Recreation Department as well as the 2012 Boosters Club! The tour picks back up on April 27th when World League Wrestling debuts in Warrensburg, MO on Friday, April 27th! The event takes place at the Lovinger Gymnasium located on the Central Missouri University campus. There is plenty of parking for this event and proceeds go towards the Johnson County Cares group in Warrensburg, MO.
The next scheduled show of this tour takes place on April 28th in the hometown of World League Wrestling – Eldon, MO. The site of this event will be at the Eldon Community Center. Proceeds from this event will be given to the local Dogwood Hill State School PTO. This night will be very special and World League Wrestling and its mass of fans pay homage to the 8-time NWA World’s Heavyweight Champion, “Handsome” Harley Race. So come and be a part of this special night in Eldon, Missouri!
These shows will feature the long-awaited professional debut of 3rd generation wrestlers – Ross and Marshall Von Erich – sons of WCCW superstar and professional wrestling legend, Kevin Von Erich. Both sons arrived ready and eager to learn at the Harley Race Wrestling Academy on Wednesday, April 11th. Previously, they were training in the school system of Pro-Wrestling NOAH based in Tokyo, Japan. Pro-Wrestling NOAH is the sister company of WLW. They have been groomed by one of the best wrestling companies on the planet and look forward to debuting what they have learned exclusively for Harley Race’s WLW. The debut match on April 20th will feature the Von Erichs versus Brian Breaker and current WLW Heavyweight Champion “The Prince of Professional Wrestling” Jason Jones. To make the Von Erich’s debut even more extraordinary, their father – Kevin Von Erich – will be ringside to lend his support at ALL matches (April 20th, 21st, 27th, and 28th)!
Also taking place throughout the Superbash Tour ’12 is the 2nd annual Harley Race Invitational Tournament. Participants are Brian Breaker (MWR Breakout Superstar of 2011 and former WLW Heavyweight Champion), Superstar Steve, “The Gentleman’s Bruiser” Ryan Drago, Elvis Aliaga, “O.T.T.” Britton Tucker, Dave Vaughn, Jeff Strong, and Jack Gamble.
Last year’s tournament saw the crowning of the “Prince of Professional Wrestling” Jason Jones by his defeat of Ryan Drago. Since then, Jones has went on to claim the WLW Heavyweight Championship and has been on fire ever since. Another added bonus is the addition of the Ladies Championship defense by WLW Ladies Champion Stacey O’Brien. Her matches will be in defense against WLW newcomer The Great Cheyenne. The Boston Brawler’s skills will be put to the test as The Great Cheyenne wants to make a name for herself at O’Brien’s expense.
World League Wrestling is picking up steam and quickly becoming the organization in which MANY up and coming, as well as established, professional wrestling superstars want to be a part of. Shows are becoming more popular and tickets are selling very quickly! If you wish to reserve your tickets early and guarantee your place at the event, please visit http://www.harleyrace.com for ticket outlet information for each show. If you are unable to go to a ticket outlet at for anyone or multiple events, you are now able to reserve tickets online by emailing email@example.com. This can be used to reserve tickets to any one of the shows upcoming for World League Wrestling.
World League Wrestling is owned and operated by 8-Time NWA World’s Heavyweight Champion Harley Race. Founded in 1999, WLW has been regarded as one of the most recognized independent promotions around the world. Many of today’s top wrestling superstars has made their way to wrestling superstardom via the Harley Race Wrestling Academy (training grounds for World League Wrestling). Stars include Trevor Murdock, Ted Dibiase Jr., Michael McGuillicutty, WWE referees John Cone and Ryan Tran, and several of our roster has made trips to Japan to wrestle for WLW’s sister promotion (Pro-Wrestling NOAH based in Tokyo, Japan).
Twitter – @worldleaguewlw
early ticket reservation – firstname.lastname@example.org
Harley Race presented with his MWR Lifetime Achievement award plaque with art from Rob Schamberger in Richmond Missouri.
Posted by flairwhoooooo on April 3, 2012
By Brian Kelley
Missouri Wrestling Revival first awards were given for 2008, as we looked to honor the men and women of the Midwest. To bring them exposure to the west and east coast as well as the fans of the Midwest.
The award for MWR Lifetime Achievement Award was a no-brainer as it would be the former 8-time NWA World Champion Harley Race. Race has traveled around the world bringing respectability to the sport of wrestling since his debut in 1960. While he won World titles, entertained fans as “King” Harley Race during the boom years of the 80’s at WWF (E) his biggest contributions could very well be outside of the ring. Race currently owns the wrestling school the Harley Race Academy as well as the wrestling promotion World League Wrestling. The school provides the proper training to be a pro wrestler and have produced stand out wrestlers such as Trevor Murdock, Matt Murphy, Wade Chism, Bull Schmitt, Joe Hennig, Keith Walker and current WWE Ref John Cone.
Just as important as the school for the aspiring wrestlers, WLW for over ten plus years has been able to raised over 250,000 thousand dollars for the families, communities and schools around the Midwest with wrestling fundraising shows.
He is a member of every prestigious and worthy Wrestling Hall of fame around the World and it was with great pleasure that we were to present Harley Race with a worthy MWR Lifetime Achievement plaque with a great illustration of the one of the worlds greatest wrestlers of all-time from artist Rob Schamberger.
Today’s WLW is filled with a great roster from the WLW Champ Jason Jones, Brian Breaker, Ryan Drago, Jeff Strong, Jack Gamble, Mark Sterling, Steve Fender ,Dustin Bozworth, Stacey O’Brien, Miss Natural just to name a few. So when you see wrestling poster in your hometown and it has WLW on it, know that your money will be well spent and go to a good cause.
Fans this month can catch WLW four times as the Second annual Harley Race invitational tournament will be decided. Last years ,winner “The Prince” Jason Jones propelled that momentum towards capturing the WLW Championship.
This month Kevin Von Erich returns to WLW , while his sons will have their very first match EVER!!
April 20th – Brian Breaker/WLW Champion “The Prince” Jason Jones vs. Ross/Marshall Von Erich (with Kevin Von Erich ringside), WLW Tag Team Champions will make title defense, “The Well Mustacheod Gotch Stylist” Ryan Drago will have singles competition, WLW Ladies Championship will be defended as Stacey O’Brien faces The Great Cheyenne. More TBA.
April 21st – The Harley Race Invitational Tournament continues as Ryan Drago will face Dustin Bozworth in semifinal qualifiers as well as Superstar Steve wrestling to see if he can continue on in the tournament, WLW Champion “The Prince” Jason Jones will face Marshall Von Erich, Brian Breaker will face Ross Von Erich in singles competition. More TBA
April 27th – More Harley Race Invitational Tournament semi-qualifying matches will take place as Brian Breaker aims to secure a spot in the finals of the tournament. WLW Champion “The Prince” will have a championship title defense, and WLW Ladies Champion will defend her title (assuming the championship doesn’t change hand before this night), and the Von Erich brothers will be in action against WLW tag team champions Strong & Reckless!
April 28th – The finals of the Harley Race Invitational Tournament take place this night with the participants to be decided upon by previous matches, the Von Erich Brothers will be in action, WLW Ladies Champion will be defending her WLW ladies championship, and WLW Heavyweight Champion “The Prince” Jason Jones puts his title on the line.
Again, more superstars will be announced in the coming weeks and there WILL be more announced. The HUGE event in Eldon will also be the “Harley Race Appreciation Night” so many fans will be in attendance! Get your tickets reserved now at email@example.com!
Posted by flairwhoooooo on March 5, 2012
Editors note: Kevin is scheduled to be at the Fort Gibson ,Oklahoma show and is (believed) to be at the Warrensburg show as well. Still MWR fans I highly encourage you to make that show as Von Erich’s sons will be in action.
Sorry about the confusion on my end.
Brian Kelley Owner/Editor Missouri Wrestling Revival
World League Wrestling is proud to announce that the son’s of the legendary World Class Championship Wrestling superstar Kevin Von Erich will be making their debut on April 20th, 2012. The location of this event is in Ft. Gibson, Oklahoma at the Fort Gibson High School Gymnasium in conjunction with Cystic Fibrosis Solutions.
World League Wrestling is owned and operated by 8-Time NWA World’s Heavyweight Champion Harley Race. Started in 1999, WLW provides the best wrestling throughout the Midwest year-round. Wrestlers that come through this company have stated that World League is one of the best companies in the world.
Alongside WLW, Race also operates the Harley Race Wrestling Academy. Training some of the best wrestlers in the world, the wrestling school also operates year-round. Some of its notable students include Trevor Murdock, John Cone, Joe Hennig, Ted DiBiase Jr., and Richie Steamboat.
Now, another group of third generation wrestlers are coming to take WLW by storm and they are Ross and Marshall Von Erich, sons of professional wrestling legend Kevin Von Erich. In October of 2011, Ross and Marshall came to Eldon, MO to train under Harley’s academy during its annual week long wrestling camp. While there, they were scouted by Pro-Wrestling NOAH representatives (WLW’s sister company in Japan) and were invited to continue their wrestling training in Tokyo, Japan. In January of 2012, they left for Japan and are currently still there.
In April of 2012, Ross and Marshall Von Erich will return to the United States and World League Wrestling. Their professional debut will be on April 20th, 2012 in Ft. Gibson, Oklahoma and will continue the next night in Warrensburg, Missouri. They are only going to be here until mid to late June of 2012 as they are set to return to Japan for Pro-Wrestling NOAH shortly thereafter.
Promoters wanting to book Ross and Marshall, please contact WLW at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, please visit harleyrace.com
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Posted by flairwhoooooo on January 5, 2012
The goal of Missouri Wrestling Revival has always been to support the men and women of Pro Wrestling.
In 2010 we debut the prestigious MWR Future Star award.
The criteria is for a wrestler who has not only has the skills to make it to the top but the desire and dedication to seek out opportunities to be the best that he or she can be.
We could not be more excited than we are this year in the wrestler that we have chosen.
Not only does he have the size, build and skills to be a star in the sport for many years to come but he also has been under the watchful eye of the 8-time NWA World Champion Harley Race.
His name is Brian Breaker.
Standing at 6”3 and a chiseled 255 pounds he has burst onto the wrestling scene at the young age of only 21 years. Hailing from Sand Springs Oklahoma, Breaker has sent many opponents on his feared finisher the Oklahoma Death Ride.
With raw talent Breaker has already been able to capture gold as one half of the WLW Tag Team Champions as well as being a two time WLW World Heavyweight Champion.
Scouts in Japan have quickly noticed the talent that the man possesses and in the spring of 2011 he was invited for a tour of Pro Wrestling Noah.
Once he returned to the Midwest he has taken his bone crushing moves to Metro Pro Wrestling in Kansas City and NWA Dynamo and SICW in St Louis.
When WWE came to St Louis in 2011, he was asked to step up to take on highly hyped WWE’s Brodus Clay in a battle of two powerhouses and though Clay would get the win, it would be valuable experience for Breaker.
Meanwhile, Breaker dominated the competition in his home base of WLW including an exciting defense of his title against young Jack Gamble during the annual WLW/Pro Wrestling Noah show in Eldon Missouri.
During the camp Breaker would continue to learn from the very best in WWE Hall of Famer Ricky Steamboat, Kevin Von Erich and Steven Regal.
It is with great pleasure that we are to name the 2011 MWR Future Star of the Year award to Brian Breaker.
Past MWR Future Star Award winners
2010 Sir Bradley Charles
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Posted by flairwhoooooo on December 4, 2011
Missouri Wrestling Revival was honored to be a guest of WLW during their annual WLW WWE Pro Wrestling Noah camp recently. A great week filled for the young stars of pro wrestling to learn from the very best.
For a full recap from MWR called WLW/WWE/Pro Wrestling Noah presented a magical week for wrestlers and fans in the Midwest in October.
During the camp I was fortunate able to interview Kevin Von Erich. The Von Erich name is filled with triumph and tragedy throughout the years. Loved not only in their home state of Texas, their talents and charisma would be a huge catalyst for the wrestling boom in the 80’s.
During the time we spoke, you could tell that today he is happy surrounded by many that love him including his children.
I hope you enjoy this interview that was filmed at Harley Race’s World League Wrestling training facility in Eldon Missouri.
WLW/WWE/Pro Wrestling Noah presented a magical week for wrestlers and fans in the Midwest in October.
Posted by flairwhoooooo on October 25, 2011
By Brian Kelley
For the past 10 plus years the must attend wrestling weekend in the Midwest has been held in Eldon Missouri at Harley Race’s World League Wrestling Academy. Race is considered by many to be the very best wrestler in the history of the sport. During his time as the 8-time NWA World Champion he would travel across the globe defending the title including the very best in Japan. When his career was done those trips and relationships would help build a relationship with Pro Wrestling Noah, one of the top wrestling companies not only in Japan but around the world.
WLW and NOAH would team up to trade talent to allow the best to compete against each other in matches that would prepare one Trevor Murdock to not only be ready to make a run in WWE but flourish with tag team partner Lance Cade to become a 3-time WWE Tag Team Champions.
The WLW school would introduce fans to stars like Matt “the Missile” Murphy, Griz, Derek Stone, Trevor Murdock, Wade Chism, the Drill Instructor, Warcloud and Johnny Jett as they mixed it up with many of the top names in the sport like Meng, Butch Reed, Bobby Eaton, The Harris Brothers, Rick Stiener and Japan’s Takeshi Morishima, Takao Ōmori and Go Shiozaki as they toured towns for fundraisers around the Midwest.
While the school runs year round to season the young talent, the annual WLW/NOAH camp works with WWE as past trainers have been John Laurinaitis, Ricky Steamboat, Tom Pritchard, Takashi Suguira, Go Shiozaki, Takeshi Morishima, KENTA, Naomichi Marufuji, Kenta Kobashi, Ty Bailey, and many more.
This year’s camp featured Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, William Regal, Kevin Von Erich, and Harley Race along with representatives from Pro-Wrestling NOAH Ken Hirayama and Ryu Nakata as students around the country came to hone their wrestling skills in the ring.
I was honored to be a guest to sit in during the weeks camp as the 40 plus students took part in the camp. During the days that I was there I was impressed with the patience and dedication that each of the trainers gave each of the students.
Due to the size of the groups there were two locations for the students, one for the beginners and one for the more seasoned wrestlers. While each group would be able to get great hints on how to work a match, logic, moves and where to be in the ring with hands on from the trainers.
As the camp went on during the week, the Pro Wrestling Noah and WWE representatives wanted to see the wrestlers come up with a match, then perform it in the ring. After the match was done advise was given to each of the wrestlers on what they did right, what they could have done different and how to improve it for the fans.
During the Saturday wrestling show I sat down with a few of the students to get their take on the weeklong camp and what they got out of it. One Jonas Albert Robinson from Oregon had already been to Lance Storms camp and been wrestling since 2008 stated honestly “What I learned this week was that I don’t know anything about wrestling. When I walked through the door I thought I knew about 60% of how to have a great match but in reality it was more close to 5%. The trainers at the camp really opened my eyes on how to improve my game and give the fans their money’s worth when I get in the ring. Then I was amazed at the positivity and information that Kevin (Von Erich) provided. In the end he was such an added bonus with Steamboat and Regal.
While Jonas have been able to be in the ring prior to the week, Joe Reiling has yet to have a match but knew the importance of getting the proper training and the luxury of having Race’s camp so close to his home in Warrensburg Missouri. Reiling stepped up the plate when Regal asked for two young men to get in the ring to work the arms. Though his experience was limited he gave a 100 percent and tried to soak in all the information that his trainers were given him. During my conversations with his fellow peers in the camp they relayed to me that he had earned their respect that week and had improved a ton from day one to the final day. Reiling stated to me that he did not know when his first match would come but the camp added to the fire to learn more to live his dream to be a pro wrestler.
I watched another Oregon native Dillon Divine as he worked under the watchful eyes of Steamboat and Regal. I was impressed with his facial expressions and Divine said it best to be when said “You get what you put out of it. So go for it.
While many of the Harley students took part in the camp one young wrestler fans at MWR are aware of is the 2010 MWR Future Star recipient Sir Bradley Charles.
The award is given not only to the wrestler MWR feels has the talent but the dedication and work ethic to become better, to be the best that they can be. SBC had been to Lance Storms camp, wrestled outside the country and is a rising star at Metro Pro Wrestling, 3xwRESTLING , NWA Dynamo and SICW but he once again proved that he is deserving of the award by seeking out more training to be the best that he can be.
At the end of the week SBC debuted for WLW as he teamed up on the Saturday show with Lee Walker. & Ethan H.D in a tough loss against the team of Ryan Drago, Jeff Strong, & Dustin Bozworth. Even though SBC did not get the “W” the skills that he learned this week will give him that much more a chance to become a star around the world.
In what was one of the most surprising moments for me during the week the students were all smiles as they told me that Regal had invited them to his hotel room on the final night to discuss wrestling in a special Q and A on the week’s events, his opinions and stories from one of the most traveled wrestlers from the past twenty years. What an invitation from a man who could of easily of stayed to himself during a time that he was not required to but instead respects the sport so much that he wanted to give back to the students who took the opportunity to take part in the camp. To say that with that bit of information from the students didn’t move Regal up on my favorites of all time would be a lie.
The week would not be complete as WLW would bring the action and love to the fans. A great night of wrestling as always added with a request from Regal to actually wrestle on the card. His opponent former WLW wrestler who has worked at WWE and ROH as well as a two time WLW Tag team champion with Matt Murphy and Superstar Steve Fender respectably.
The night started off with the fans having a chance to meet the stars of WLW as well as Ricky Steamboat and Kevin Von Erich.
I had the honor of meeting a true Superstar on the night when I spoke to the Cauliflower Alley Club’s Karl Lauer.
He introduced me his “hero” Master Sgt Ira Scott, 87 yrs young and served in WW11, Korea and VietNam total over 30 yrs. was in the US Air Force and done everything from crew chief on fighters, to copters to bombers to medical attention in emergency and sewed up guys so would not bleed before the medics go to um. A very remarkable man and what a real hero is really all about. 5″6″ about 145 lbs and sharp as a teen ager. Later in the night WLW announcer Dan Gier would introduce him to the fans. Out of respect everyone in attendance gave the man a well-deserved standing ovation.
As fans took the time to get their autographs and pictures taken with the stars, The personal highlight of the night for me was to have a few fans come up to introduce themselves stating that they visited the site and enjoyed it.
I have many friends that I know visit the site but it truly makes it worth it when I meet new friends that check MWR out so that they may know when WLW will be back in action or an interview with an up and comer.
One of my very childhood best friends Billy Howser came up for the show on the night with his friend Steve. Billy showed great taste in women once again when the love bug hit him for the “Catholic Schoolgirl” Stacey O’Brien.
Billy bought him an 8×10 of her and wanted to know when I thought she would be at in the future as I stated that she is a star as well for Metro Pro Wrestling.
As we gear up for the first ever MWR Yearbook, I have called on friends to help me add some special features for the book. One of them is famed artist ICON who work includes the world renowned painting The Gods of Thunder painting, as seen at WWE Magazine January 2011.
When he told me of his newest project called “Fantasy Warfare” where he will be drawing two wrestlers from different eras going to war. The first one he did was former WWE Champion the Ultimate Warrior taking on current WWE Star and former WWE Champ Sheamus. I quickly asked to have a special one drawn for the 2011 yearbook and when he asked me who I would like to see go to battle I chose two of my very favorites of all-time, Harley Race vs. Kurt Angle. A match that I think could have won multiple awards throughout the years. Fans be sure to look for this great feature in the book to see who got the edge in this exclusive feature from ICON.
We had posted the importance of Kevin Von Erich coming to the Midwest prior to the show at MWR but little did we know how friendly the man was. All night long he posed for photos giving the fans the famed Von Erich Claw and signing autographs.
One friend came up to me and was impressed on how respectful his sons Marshall and Ross were to them when they asked for a photo. Their comment, Kevin raised them kid’s right. Marshall and Ross by the way took part in the camp as they look to make a name for themselves. Their dad Kevin, proudly told me how talented they were in their high school sports during a special interview with MWR.
An exciting night of action started off with one of the hottest wrestlers in the country as “The Prince” Jason Jones continued his momentum with a win against young Corey Dunken. Jones would have been a real threat for the NWA JR title if he would have been able to get in the tournament for the vacated title left by former champion Craig Classic.
The WLW women’s title has not been as red hot since Malia Hosaka and Brandi Alexander went to war for the championship.
With Ms Natural, the most decorated champion in the company’s history back in the game the fans got to see a classic as Champion Lucy Mendez showed her heart to win a match that also featured former MWR Female of the year Stacey O’Brien.
In a WLW Classic match it would be ALL THAT Matt Murphy teaming up with Steve Fender to meet Trevor Murdock and Bull Schmitt in tag action. Each of these men have been able to take the skills taught to them by Race to make multiple trips to Japan and WWE in years past and their battles have always had a special place in the WLW faithful’s hearts.
During the match Murphy looked to have a leg injury and would not be able to continue. It looked so bad that Ricky Steamboat who was watching in the bleachers with Ms. Natural came to ringside to assist Murphy.
When out of the blue, Murphy showed his true colors and attacked Murdock and Schmitt to the shock of Steamboat and the fans.
Murdock and Schmitt would be able to recover to get the win in what many fans said was one of the most special moments in WLW History. Out of respect each men hugged one another to end the match.
This past spring WLW Stars Trevor Murdock and Brian Breaker toured Japan for Pro Wrestling Noah. While the two stars were on the plane tragedy struck when Hurricane Katrina exploded on Japan. The country was left in shambles and many lost loved ones during one of the saddest moments of 2011. During intermission Harley thanked his friends at Pro Wrestling Noah for their support throughout the years. In response Pro-Wrestling NOAH Ken Hirayama and Ryu Nakata spoke to the fans. They spoke about the promises of many countries to stay and help the country during the aftermath but when it came time for action many was no where to be seen, while Switzerland and the USA were front and center with support for Japan. They then thanked the fans and the country while starting a USA Chant out of respect for the men and women of the USA for their help.
Back to action the man who is the current WLW Champion Brian Breaker would defend his title against fan favorite Jack Gamble. In what I thought was the match of the night, Gamble took a beating but refused to lay down to the champion Breaker. It looked as if the speed of Gamble may pay off but Breaker was just to good as his moves of crushing power was too much for Gamble.
In the main event it would be a wrestling clinic as Steven Regal and Ace Steel would go old school as they traded moves and punishing blows that could have been a headlined anywhere in the country.
Regal would be able to capture a hard earned win on Ace Steel to finish the nights.
Once again World League Wrestling proved that they provide the fans with moments that will be cherished for a lifetime. For the aspiring wrestler , they gave them a chance to become better and be seen by WWE and Pro Wrestling Noah Scouts and for the fans a chance to meet their favorites and watch wrestling the way it was meant to be.
If you missed this years event be sure to keep an eye out at MWR for info on all WLW shows and as soon as we know more about the 2012 WLW/WWE/NOAH camp we will post it here.
Editor’s Note: We would like to thank Harley Race, Pro Wrestling Noah for their hospitably to bring allow us to bring you the fans this awesome look at one of the most important weeks of the year. WLW for over the past 10 years have been dedicated to giving back to communities through fundraisers of their exciting family friendly wrestling shows.
Thank you to the wrestlers of WLW and the students that attended the camp for working with MWR for photos and comments for this story.
Last and most importantly thank you to the fans for their support of MWR and your local wrestling promotion.
Hope you enjoyed this feature and we hope to see you at the matches real soon.
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Posted by flairwhoooooo on October 11, 2011
For Immediate Release
October 22nd, 2011 will be another exciting night of wrestling put on by World League Wrestling! Harley Race, founder and CEO, has arranged for another professional wrestling show to return to Eldon, Missouri and this show will be unlike any other!
Each year, World League Wrestling and the Harley Race Wrestling Academy conducts an annual wrestling camp that hundreds of wrestlers have attended over the years. This camp is the only one of its kind due to the amount of media that it receives as well as the instructors who attend the camp itself.
In years past, instructors have included John Laurinaitis, Ricky Steamboat, Tom Pritchard, Takashi Suguira, Go Shiozaki, Takeshi Morishima, KENTA, Naomichi Marufuji, Kenta Kobashi, Ty Bailey, and many more.
This year’s camp will feature Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, William Regal, Kevin Von Erich, and Harley Race along with representatives from Pro-Wrestling NOAH Ken Hirayama and Ryu Nakata.
After the week long instructional camp put on by these 4 legends in professional wrestling, World League Wrestling will be running a show on Saturday October 22nd. The show will take place at the Eldon High School gymnasium located at 101 South Pine Street in Eldon, MO.
The entire card has yet to be determined; however one match has been announced. Former WWE superstar Trevor Murdock and “Wild” Wade Chism will square off against “All That” Matt Murphy and “Superstar” Steve. These four competitors have been with WLW for years and have had spectacular matches against one another. This tag team feud will return one more time on October 22nd.
If the matches itself aren’t enough reason to attend the show, fans have the opportunity to meet the legends themselves. William Regal, Ricky Steamboat, Kevin Von Erich, and Harley Race will all be in attendance for the event at the Eldon High School gymnasium. Kevin Von Erich RARELY makes independent wrestling appearances due to his retirement. He has guaranteed that he will at the event in Eldon on Oct. 22nd and is looking forward to meeting the fans. With Regal and Steamboat both under W.W.E. contracts, they cannot make appearances like they will be doing on Oct. 22nd. But due to Harley’s outstanding working relationship with W.W.E., they are coming to Eldon to attend the “Night of the Superstars”. Along with the two legends attending, the 2008 King of the Ring and multi-time W.W.E champion William Regal WILL BE ACTIVELY COMPETING that night. This is unheard of, but again, due to Race’s exceptional relationship with W.W.E., Regal is able to compete that night.
To buy tickets for the event, please contact one of the following ticket outlets:
Eldon Family Fitness – 573-392-9997
Whittles Pub & Grub – 573-392-5900
J.J. Twigs Pizza & Pub/Risky’s Sports Bar – 573-392-9911
World League Wrestling offices – 573-392-4100 or email email@example.com
October 22nd doors open at 6:00pm, with show starting at 7:00pm.
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Posted by flairwhoooooo on September 4, 2011
By Brian Kelley
Pro Wrestlers around the country, I can’t stress enough what an opportunity the annual World League Wrestling/ Pro Wrestling Noah is for you. For the past ten plus years, wrestlers with dreams to get notice, have the chance to sign up for the week long camp that have representatives from the biggest wrestling companies in the World, WWE and Japan’s Pro Wrestling Noah.
During the camp World League Wrestling has provided top-notch training from wrestlers with world-renowned credibility Harley Race, Ricky Steamboat, Dr. Tom Pritchard, John Laurinaitis, Takashi Suguira, Takeshi Morishima, Naomichi Marufuji, Atsushi Aoki, KENTA, Kenta Kobashi, Trevor Murdock, Go Shiozaki, and Ted Dibiase Sr.
One of the special guest this year will be Kevin Von Erich.
Kevin along with his dad Fritz and brothers, David, Kerry, Mike and Chris Von Erich became one of the biggest draws in the history of the sport. With the Von Erich’s on top of the cards, fans rushed to the arena’s to see them take on their arch rivals the Freebirds, Chris Adams and manager Gary Harts stable.
The Von Erich’s were loved from their home state of Texas to Japan all the way to Israel. Kevin would capture the AJPW All Asia Tag Team Championship with his brother David, as well as defeating Dick Murdoch for the NWA Missouri Championship. In 1984 Kevin was apart of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter award Match of the Year with Mike and Kerry Von Erich vs. the Fabulous Freebirds (Buddy Roberts, Michael Hayes, and Terry Gordy) in an Anything Goes match on July 4.
Watch video tapes of the Von Erich during their prime and you can see how much loved they had from their fans. Just as Elvis and the Beatles in rock music, the Von Erich’s were wrestling’s equivalent in fan reaction. The connection the Von Erich family had with their fans were second to none in the sport. If Hulk Hogan was the most popular wrestler of all time, I would make a case for the Von Erich’s to be the most loved at that point. They had to shut down Six Flags one day because the Von Erich’s were there and the fans was in such a frenzy….Let me repeat that, they had to close Six Flags cause they were so popular.
On March 16, 2009, the Von Erich family were inducted by Michael “P.S.” Hayes to the WWE Hall of Fame, with Kevin Von Erich accepting the induction for the family.
A lot has been said about the tragedy of the Von Erich’s, but make no mistake about it there is a lot to learn from Kevin Von Erich. A man who was able to connect with the fans by not only his matches but with some great promos while, having main event matches with Harley Race, Ric Flair, and many more. Come to the camp to learn from one of the most influential men in the sport, second generation wrestler Kevin Von Erich.
To prove how important this camp is, Kevin has announced that he will have his two sons Ross and Marshall take part in this years camp that will also feature special guest WWE’S Ricky Steamboat, Steven Regal and World League Wrestling’s sister promotion in Japan (Pro-Wrestling NOAH), will be represented by company president Ryu Nakata and fellow employee Ken Hirayama.
WLW/Noah has presented you with a week long camp that is sure to improve your game while being able to be seen by the most influential men in the sport today.
Don’t miss it!!
The 2011 Harley Race training camp is turning out to be a great success, but is gaining popularity by the day. Spots are filling up and with the announcement of Ricky Steamboat, William Regal, Kevin Von Erich, Ryu Nakata, and Ken Hirayama, it is expected to fill up completely. Now is the time to sign up. World League Wrestling has set up an online payment system for this camp. Of course you can also pay via mail as well. Cost for the camp is $500.00. This is for the camp itself. World League officials will be setting up hotel discounts within the next week to allow our camp visitors to save money at their hotels. Other expenses such as food and travel costs are not included in this fee. Some participants of the camp MAY be selected to wrestle on the 10/22 event in Eldon itself. Selections will be announced at the end of the camp. If you think you may want to try and wrestle on the event, please have a completed physical (completed by an M.D.), blood test showing that you do not have HIV, Hep A, B, or C, and a Missouri License ($40.00 and can be paid at the event).
For more on Kevin Von Erich check out their website here.