The Slow and Unsteady Reopen

World League Wrestling was the first company to resume operation in the metro area, with their card on July 11, 2020 in Troy, Mo. Photo: Ben Simon

Hey there wrestling fans! The Saint Louis wrestling scene is starting up again, but not without some last minute cancellations.

Some of the upcoming dates on the calendar are from pre-pandemic times; they simply have not been canceled. I always check with the promoter to see if the event is still on as the date approaches.

The calendar is always updating. Keep an eye out.


MWR says Derek Stone vs. Moses winner to be awarded Missouri Heavyweight Championship, Nov. 7

Derek Stone and “The Deliverer” Moses are set to battle for Stone’s WLW Heavyweight Championship at the Race Wrestling Arena in Troy, Mo. on November 7.  As they are the top two ranked wrestlers in the State, the winner will also be awarded the vacant Missouri Heavyweight Championship, Missouri Wrestling Revival’s endorsement of being the State’s best.

As before, MWR’s belt will be defended in every one-on-one match the eventual champion has in Missouri, no matter the promotion.  MWR’s first Missouri champ in 13 months will be determined at World League Wrestling’s event on Saturday.

Read the title announcement and rules

The match sees Derek Stone make his second defense of the WLW Heavyweight Championship.  Stone strives to begin his second year as champion strong by retaining “Harley’s belt.”

Is “The Deliverer” Moses on your radar? He should be. Moses was on a yearlong singles winning streak, before meeting Stone on October 3. Despite a near 100 lb. weight disadvantage, he put up a real fight against the champ last month.

Factoring all wrestlers, in all companies, and a pandemic, these two are the best in Missouri.

This rematch is for everything.


Missouri Heavyweight Championship (vacant) | WLW Heavyweight Championship
#1Derek Stone (c) vs. #2Moses

Jaden vs. Kyle Roberts
Jayden Dominic Rose vs. Stephan Newton
Camaro Jackson & Jon Webb vs. Orion Creed & Jack Griffin

Bell at 7.  Tickets are $15 at the door. ORDER THE iPPV FOR ONLY $7.99!


“Photo Joe” Henley: 1956-2020

Longtime pro wrestling and concert photographer Joe Henley has passed after a battle with cancer.

Known to the scene as “Photo Joe,” Henley was a hobbyist at the wrestling events. With his ringside access, his captures were invaluable to the promotion of big cards on this web site and others.

Joe was a true unsung hero. Some promoters don’t make posters, or really any good advertising material for their cards. Joe’s photos always pulled through in the clutch.

Besides his photography, Photo Joe will most be remembered for his infectiously positive attitude and his smile. He always remembered your name.

The funeral is Friday, July 31 at Eddie Randle & Sons Funeral Home on Natural Bridge Ave. Visitation at 5. Service at 7.


Canceled: Glory Pro, Aug. 1

Glory Pro Wrestling has canceled its event that was to be held on Saturday, August 1.

Refund details will be made available on Glory Pro’s social media channels.


Wrestling is Back!

The reports of Saint Louis wrestling’s death are greatly exaggerated.

Professional wrestling in Greater Saint Louis returns on Saturday, July 11 at World League Wrestling’s event at the Race Wrestling Arena in Troy, Mo.

Bell at 7. Masks are available at the door but are not required.

The last card to run in the metro area was March 14.


Tony Casta: 1939-2020

Tony Casta poses in front of the St. Louis Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018. Photo: Zia Nizami

John Castaldi, better known as “Little Dynamite” Tony Casta, died today following a battle with cancer. He was 80 years old.

Casta was the promoter of wrestling at the South Broadway Athletic Club, officially the Executive Director of MMWA Professional Wrestling since 1985.

“Little Dynamite” debuted as a wrestler in 1975. After competing at the SBAC since around 1980, Tony propositioned the venue to replace house wrestling promoter Tim Keirns with Casta himself.

“I thought the wrestling that (Tim) was putting on wasn’t very good, and I told them I could do it better,” Tony said years later.

“King Kong” Bruiser Brody (top) hangs out with Tony Casta in an undated photo.

In an era of big men, Tony Casta topped out at 185 lbs. That may have been why the Mid-Missouri Wrestling Association (as it was then known) activated a Junior Heavyweight title. Casta was the first champion.

He retired from the ring in 1992, before returning for a one-off tag team match in 2009.

Tony was honored in 2018 as an inductee into both the Independent St. Louis and Midwest Independent Wrestling Halls of Fame.

Tony’s longtime co-promoter Herb Simmons shared a tribute video.

Wrestlers and personnel spanning generations will miss “Little Dynamite” Tony Casta.

Visitation is from 4-8 on May 7 at Heiligtag-Lang-Fendler Funeral Home in Arnold.


Travis Bowden: 1971-2020

Travis Scott Bowden has died at the age of 48. A Memphis native, Bowden was also vital to an impactful (yet brief) part of Saint Louis wrestling history: the National Wrasslin’ League.

The NWL’s VP of Marketing, Bowden fanned the flames on social media to ignite the rivalry between NWL KC and our own NWL STL.

Bowden also came up with the idea of the “Fight Club,” a season pass to boost attendance at NWL events here and in Kansas City.

If you only ever got a chance to chat with Travis at the Casa Loma Ballroom on that first Thursday card, you would know his passion for wrestling.

However, Travis lived in Los Angeles with his family, and the constant travel to Missouri was rough. Shortly after the NWL began running live events, Bowden was released from his contract.

Travis Bowden (left) announces the NWL STL signing of Mike Outlaw in 2016.

Travis Bowden brought his Memphis roots and style to the NWL dance. He was anything but a corporate “suit.”

Known as Scott Bowden, Travis was a hated manager in the United States Wrestling Association (also known as “Memphis”) from 1991-96.

Bowden has always been a custodian of Memphis wrestling history. He ran a web site and hosted the “Kentucky Fried Rasslin'” podcast.

We will miss you, Travis. Thank you.


Thank you, wrestling fans!

Ryan Ash wrestles Gary Jackson at the South Broadway Athletic Club, March 14, 2020. Photo: Ben Simon

Amid current circumstances, it appears that as we approach each upcoming event, the promoter will need to cancel. It isn’t sustainable to hold events with a strict attendance cap.

The best estimates say this will last two months. The worst estimates say this will last 18 months. Unfortunately, the latter is prevailing.

This is the end for some of the companies here. When wrestling returns, the landscape will be different.

I don’t believe in “Coming Soon.” The word of the day is “Canceled.”

This site will stay up for years of inactivity. If wrestling returns, updates will return. The events calendar will continue to be updated. Title listings will be updated if championships are vacated or awarded.

I’ve enjoyed running this site for ten years, and it was a pleasure ring announcing the final wrestling event in Saint Louis, (a potentially ill-advised) return to the South Broadway Athletic Club for MMWA on March 14.

We had a lot of fun, didn’t we?

-Ben Simon


PWE: First African-American women’s main event ever in Saint Louis, March 7

Pro Wrestling Epic presents “Declaration of War” at Franklin Lodge No. 25 AF&AM in Alton on Saturday, March 7.

The main event pits two-time World Women’s Champion and former WWE star Jazz against local masked sensation “The Little Blue Dragon” Seishin. The bout is set to make Saint Louis wrestling history as the first-ever main event featuring two African-American women wrestlers in the metro area.

The wild PWE heavyweight champion Alex Herzog takes on his violent rival Neil Cutter in a tables match. Plus, the main with the “hair flips” Brandon Aarons wrestles Chicago’s favorite son Paco.

This family-friendly pro wrestling event features a full card, with favorites like high-flying Billy McNeil, hard-hitting Johnny Blade, and Italian champion Karim Brigante.

Doors at 6:30. Bell at 7. Tickets start at $12, $6 for kids 12 and under. For tickets, (618) 806-4656.


Dynamo Pro Wrestling returns to Concordia Turners with “Mardi Gras Mayhem,” Feb. 22

Dynamo Pro Wrestling is proud to announce an all-ages professional wrestling event, “Mardi Gras Mayhem”, on Saturday, February 22nd, 2020. This professional wrestling event, sponsored by Slackers, Aries Screen Printing, and MARS Collectibles, will be held at the Concordia Turners Gymnasium, located at 6432 Gravois Avenue in St. Louis, Missouri. Doors open at 7:00 P.M. with a bell time of 8:00 P.M. Adult tickets are $10 each in advance and $15 each the day of the event. Tickets for children from five to twelve years old are $5 each. Tickets for children under five years old are free. Advance tickets can be purchased at

In addition to defenses of the Dynamo Pro Wrestling Women’s and D-1 championships, several marquee matchups have already been signed for this great night of professional wrestling.

The Dynamo Pro Wrestling tag team championship is in a state of turmoil. At “New Year’s Brawl”, the Arch City Mercenaries lost the Dynamo Pro Wrestling tag team championships in a fatal four-way match to The Unlikely Heroes. As Ricky Rodriguez celebrated regaining the Dynamo Pro Wrestling tag team championships, he was attacked and left in a heap in the middle of the ring…by his own partner Jackal. Since “New Year’s Brawl”, both men have taken to social media to vent their views. In response to this banter, Dynamo Pro Wrestling has signed a match between the former members of The Unlikely Heroes. The winner of this match-up will leave the Concordia Turners Gymnasium in possession of both championship belts.

    For nearly one year, “Lights Out” Adrian Surge has proudly held the Dynamo Pro Wrestling heavyweight championship. He has taken on all challengers in defense of his championship. At “Mardi Gras Mayhem”, “Lights Out” Adrian Surge will face one of his biggest challenges to date in the form of “The Roman Dynasty” Karim Brigante. A former Missouri Wrestling Revival Missouri State Champion, the man known by many as “K.B. Violence” has spent the past several months capturing numerous championships in Europe. Brigante has stated that his return to the United States will begin by winning the Dynamo Pro Wrestling heavyweight championship at “Mardi Gras Mayhem”. Last weekend, as a part of the “Jams and Slams” event, “Lights Out” Adrian Surge suffered a defeat at the hands of Dynamo Pro Wrestling D-1 champion Camaro Jackson in a non-title “Braggin’ Rights” match. Will “The Roman Dynasty” add the Dynamo Pro Wrestling heavyweight championship to his long list of championships? Will “Lights Out” Adrian Surge return to his winning ways? The only way to find out is to attend Dynamo Pro Wrestling’s “Mardi Gras Mayhem”.

    At “Jams and Slams”, the Arch City Mercenaries went on record to say that they are looking to show why they are one of the greatest tag teams in the history of Dynamo Pro Wrestling. With a year-long reign as Dynamo Pro Wrestling tag team champions, many members of the media have begun to agree with the team of Tony Esteem and Jimmi LaFleur. At “Mardi Gras Mayhem”, the Arch City Mercenaries have issued an open challenge to any two wrestlers that believe that they have what it takes to face them inside the Dynamo Pro Wrestling ring. Who will answer the challenge? We will find out at “Mardi Gras Mayhem”.

    And, in a match several months in the making, Sadie Blaze makes his return to the ring to take on “The Wind of Destruction” Makaze. In April 2019, Sadie Blaze revealed himself after losing a no-disqualification career match against “Lights Out” Adrian Surge. Weeks later, when taking time to thank the fans that followed his career, Blaze was attacked….by Makaze! Since that time, Makaze has been hiding in the shadows, waiting for opportunities for Sadie Blaze to let his guard down and attacking Blaze when he least expects it. At “New Year’s Brawl”, both men agreed to face each other one on one at “Mardi Gras Mayhem”. At the conclusion of the confrontation, both men once again had to be separated by the majority of the Dynamo Pro Wrestling locker room. Sadie Blaze was willing to accept his retirement. The mysterious man under the mask of Makaze has risen from the ashes to forge a new legacy. Blaze wants to find out who is trying to tarnish the legacy of “The Wind of Destruction”. One thing is for certain…this feud will explode at “Mardi Gras Mayhem”.

    Since 2007, Dynamo Pro Wrestling has strived to bring professional wrestling fans of all ages with hard hitting, fast paced, edge of your seat professional wrestling action. For additional information on Dynamo Pro Wrestling, you can check out our website at, follow us on Facebook at, and on Twitter at For Concordia Turners Gymnasium venue information, you can check out their website at or follow them on Facebook at

    For additional information regarding this event, please contact:

Jim Yount, Promoter
Dynamo Pro Wrestling
(314) 452-8868

Rob Mangrum, Media Relations Director
Dynamo Pro Wrestling
(618) 420-0049