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BEN SIMON, Administrator

PATRICK BRANDMEYER, Author

BRIAN KELLEY, Missouri Wrestling Revival

This web site covers the top four tenured Greater St. Louis wrestling promotions.  There are other promotions; they are acknowledged here, but not followed as closely as the ones listed below.

The Promotions

MMWA Wrestling

  • South Broadway Athletic Club, Saint Louis, Mo.

TONY CASTA, Executive Director

JIM HARRIS, Commissioner

Official Media: SouthBroadwayAC.com

The South Broadway Athletic Club has hosted wrestling of some sort for a century, but for the professional ranks, it has been 50 years.  In 1985, Tony Casta ousted Tim Keirns to become promoter at the SBAC and the Mid Missouri Wrestling Alliance (formerly “Association”) was born.  This organization is St. Louis’ oldest wrestling promotion!

The SBAC, which owns MMWA Wrestling, lies in historic Soulard.  Its events are regularly covered by the Riverfront Times, HEC-TV, and by various college photo slideshow projects.  This attention regularly draws more fans (from all walks of life) than any other organization.  The promotion had a weekly show on public access from 1985-2014.

 SICW Wrestling Explosion

  • East Carondelet Community Center, East Carondelet, Ill.

HERB SIMMONS, Executive Director

KEITH SMITH, Commissioner

Official Media: SICW.org

Herb Simmons has promoted wrestling since the late 70’s.  Names like Lou Thesz and Bruiser Brody have appeared on his Southern Illinois cards.  In the 80’s, Simmons started calling his promotion Southern Illinois Championship Wrestling, or SICW.  It is the spiritual successor of the St. Louis Wrestling Club.

SICW’s demographic is older; they’re holdouts from the St. Louis Wrestling Club days who don’t like what they see on Monday night TV.  They do enjoy the legends’ appearances, almost every month.

The MMWA-SICW partnership produced decades of body slams and memories.  In October 2012, the South Broadway Athletic Club ended its relationship with Herb Simmons and Keith Smith.  Thus, the MMWA and SICW are now completely separate.

World League Wrestling

  • Race Wrestling Arena, Troy, Mo.

HARLEY RACE, Owner

Official Media: HarleyRace.com

Founded in 1996 as World Legion Wrestling (1999 as “League”),  WLW has served Missouri and adjacent states with family-friendly cards and special guests.  Harley moved the office from Eldon to Troy, Missouri (in Greater St. Louis) in 2013.

WLW and its Harley Race Wrestling Academy have a working relationship with Pro Wrestling Noah.  Thus, many WLW champions and alumni have had an opportunity to compete in Japan.

Dynamo Pro Wrestling

  • Stratford Bar & Grill, Fenton, Mo.

JIM YOUNT, Owner

CRYSTAL YOUNT, Owner

Official Media: DynamoProWrestling.com

Founded in 2007 as the Missouri portion of NWA Central States Wrestling, Dynamo Pro has booked events in Missouri, Kansas, and Illinois.  The outfit took its current name in 2008 and split from the NWA in October 2012.

The Younts encourage wrestlers to compete for multiple promoters.  In fact, Dynamo Pro allows outside championships to be defended on its cards.

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