By Larry Matysik
Ron Powers gets the opportunity to become the Classic Wrestling Champion for the second time when he duels titleholder “Ironman” Ken Kasa on the SICW card at the East Carondelet Community Center Saturday, Nov. 16.
Also, Gary Jackson risks the end of his career when he tackles The Big Texan, who has agreed to put his mask in jeopardy as well.
Powers earned this chance by pinning Kasa to win a tag team decision for the unlikely combo of Powers and Ricky Cruz over Kasa and Flash Flanagan Oct. 19. The decision by promoter Herb Simmons to give Powers the title match left both Flanagan and Cruz furious. They felt they deserved the bout; Cruz is a former champion who was upset by Kasa last June and Flash defeated Powers after a controversial finish in September.
But Powers feels that SICW is his home and his overall record was strong enough along with the pin of the champion to persuade Simmons to give Ron the Nov. 16 battle.
Cruz and Flanagan, who have their own hot rivalry, will be on opposite sides of a tag team affair Nov. 16. Each has a strong young prospect as his partner — it’s Cruz and Daniel Eads against Flash and 410-pound Bull Bronson.
As for Texan and Jackson, both solid title contenders, they’ve been butting heads for a couple years. In fact, a headbutt by Texan Oct. 19 (when the referee was distracted) gave Dave Vaughn a win over Jackson.
The angry Jackson demanded a bout with Big Texan where Texan unmasked if he lost by pin or submission. The ensuing argument saw Texan agree — if Jackson agreed to end his own long, outstanding career should Gary lose. Simmons saw a headline bout and got the deal done. Career versus mask: Gary Jackson against The Big Texan.
A client of controversial manager Travis Cook, Dave Vaughn can stop the title drive by Jake Dirden. Add Vaughn vs. Dirden to the Nov. 16 lineup. Cook, feeling better after being smacked by the guitar of The Honky Tonk Man Oct. 12, will be back to “advise” both Vaughn and Kasa.
More matches will be added and tickets are available by calling (618) 286-4848.