High Voltage Wrestling Midwest was formed in July 2008 by Keny G and Frank Thurman. Keny had been trained by Dory Funk Jr. initially then mentored by Tyree Pride “Hatian sensation” He formed HVW in his home state of Florida and ran one of the top drawing shows in the state before moving to St. Louis.
Frank was trained by “The Human Wrecking Ball” Pete Madden in 1994-95 at The South Broadway Athletic Club Gym in St. Louis. Frank co-promoted his first show in 1997 in Collinsville, Ill. and has promoted shows off and on since then in cities like St. Louis [Illinois side], Springfield, Illinois and Peoria Illinois.
The First HVW Midwest Live Event happened on October 4th in Granite City Illinois at The Rivers Edge Complex. This first event featured 7 matches including the first round of a tournament to crown the first ever HVW Midwest Champion. The first tournament match pitted seasoned veteran Adam Evans w/ Magic Man against Up and comer “Thee” Brandon Espinosa. They both fought valiantly but in the end a miscommunication between Magic and Adam saw Magic Accidentally burn his own man with a fire ball causing a DQ and allowing Brandon to advance. The second tournament match Featured The 6 ‘ 9″ Monster Donovan Ruddick taking on Florida independent Star Bobby Danger. Even though there was a huge size difference between the two it was an evenly fought contest. Bobby used his speed, agility and MMA experience to hold Ruddick at bay. But in the end Ruddick came out on top and advanced. The rest of the card featured the top talent from all over the Midwest including Gary Jay, Pierre Abernathy, Dacobra, Cecil Cerveza, Jon Divosi, The Bandana Mafia[Evan Gelistico, Davey Vega], Steven Kennedy, The Hybrids and more.
The second HVW Midwest event was on November 22nd also in Granite City, Illinois. The main event had Brandon Espinosa scheduled to face Donovan Ruddick to determine the first ever HVW Midwest Champion. Right before the match Started Magic Man came out with his new charge Kahagas and demanded that Kahagas be added to the match. He went on to explain how his man is a Champion in Florida, has wrestled all over the world and just that very evening he had defeated one of the top Midwest wrestlers in Jeremy Wyatt. Keny G allowed Kahagas into the match that turned out to be a barn burner. All three men fought valiantly, but during the course of the match Magic Man first stopped his man Kahagas from using his Kendo stick then later tripped him up. In the end Future with Magic Mans help became the first ever HVW Midwest Champion. There was also a grudge match between Keny G and Mephisto resulting from an incident at the first event. On Oct. 4th Keny was talking to the fans when Kris Synz came out bad mouthing Keny who then proceeded to take out the garbage that is Kris Synz. Mephisto then came out and he and Keny had a knock down drag out fight to the back. This set up this grudge match that was fought with intensity by both men, until Kris Synz came out and interfered causing a DQ. This brought out Keny’s new body guard Wicked Stiff Johnson who speared Synz into next week then clearing the ring of Mephisto too. There also another highly anticipated match featuring Dacobra taking on Mark Sterling. Both of these men are two of the best in the Midwest and they proved it by having a great back and fourth match that showed they deserved to be in the semi-main event.
Even though we have only had two events so far we are already proving ourselves to be one of the best promotions in St. Louis. How can we not be with some of the best wrestlers the Midwest has to offer as mentioned above along with some of the top tag teams including The Bandana Mafia, The Hybrids, The Chi-town Hit squad, The LONRs, Mike Sydal and Brett young, The Blackhearts and more. Be sure to keep track of HVW Midwest, because one thing we can promise is that it will be one wild ride.
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