A Night of Bad Blood and Farewells

Hawkins upsets Wilder

Ace Hawkins (left) pinned Andrew Wilder in November 2013. The two meet again this month for the Junior Title. Photo: Maurice Ramsey

By Ben Simon

December at the South Broadway Athletic Club is always a fun time.  A loaded card of matches is presented, Santa visits the kids at intermission, and Gary Jackson enters to Elvis’ “Santa Claus Is Back in Town.”

This year, Gary Jackson has had enough.  He can no longer challenge for Brandon Espinosa’s MMWA Heavyweight Championship, thanks to collusion from Mephisto in November.

Jackson called out Mephisto for a match where “anything goes.”  While Mephisto didn’t formally accept the challenge, he did post the following to Facebook:

Saturday I am Wrestling against Gary Jackson…… Saturday I rid St.Louis of a fool Tyrant who should have been disposed of years ago.

I guess that settles it; the match is on!

Big Dave Osborne will get a heavyweight title shot on Saturday.  Osborne was the champion for four months earlier this year.  This will be the first time that Espinosa and Osborne meet one-on-one for St. Louis’ most honored championship.

MMWA Junior Heavyweight Champion Andrew Wilder has gotten himself into trouble.  He was to defend his strap against the winner of a recent Ace Hawkins – Da’Marius Jones bout.  Wilder’s interference cost Hawkins that match, but Commissioner Tim Miller ordered Wilder to face both opponents this Saturday in a three-way.

This month, we say goodbye to the 25-year veterans, Lumberjacks Abe & Gabe.  The Lumberjacks will wrestle one last tag match on December 7 against opponents to be determined.

The Lumberjacks last held South Broadway’s tag team championship in June 2012.  That title and every other tag title the brothers have ever held are gone now.  There is nothing left for Abe and Gabe to accomplish.

A.J. Williams will defend his TV Championship against “The Enforcer” Jimmy D.  If clean, technical matches are your thing, this one won’t be for you.

Also notable, Senior Official Jim Harris will referee his last match at the SBAC on December 7th.  The corrections officer has been on ref duty for 27 years.  Harris is a fan favorite among referees (if there ever was one) and he will be missed.  Harris will retire later this month.

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