By Sean Orleans
Brandon Espinosa opened last month’s show with a stunning loss against longtime rival A.J. Williams. The loss cost Espy his MMWA Junior Heavyweight Championship. But with a sagacious (look it up, folks) display of tactile judgment, Espinosa inserted himself into that night’s main event, a bout between Big Dave Osborne and “Gorgeous” Gary Jackson for the MMWA Heavyweight Championship. A three-way match ensued and at the end of the evening, it was Espinosa who surprised – winning the championship by pinning Osborne after hitting the big man with a flying kick from the top turnbuckle.
With the first title defense of Espinosa’s second reign approaching (July 13), we here at SaintLouisWrestling.com want to know: Who should get the first shot at the belt?
We’ve listed 3 potential contenders below each with an explanation why they deserve a shot at the strap (and even provided a possible write-in option).
1. Big Dave Osborne – The former champion was pinned, sure, but did not expect to be involved in a three-way match that night. Not only that, there was some controversy in the finish. There were some at ringside who thought Osborne forced Gary Jackson to tap in a submission hold and the referee was simply out of place to see it, allowing Espy to climb the turnbuckle and hit that flying kick to Osborne’s head.
2. Gary Jackson – He wasn’t pinned in last month’s bout and showed up to wrestle at the South Broadway Athletic Club thinking it’d be a 1-on-1 confrontation with Osborne. Doesn’t he deserve a 1-on-1 title shot?
3. A.J. Williams – Hey, he defeated Espy on the night Brandon went on to win the MMWA Championship. Shades of Owen and Bret at WrestleMania X?