Who’s Back? He’s Back!

Returning Champ

The man who started a revolution in the MMWA will return to South Broadway this weekend, as announced this month on Wild World of Wrestling.  The former heavyweight champion has been absent from St. Louis for a good chunk of 2012.

This impatient voice of the “Millennial” generation hasn’t made his intentions clear, but look for this competitor to attempt to edge Gary Jackson off his pedestal once and for all.

Just in case you think we’re being smart with you: No, we aren’t talking about Purple Passion!  Although, we like him well enough too.

This, much plus more and Big Dave Osborne waiting to strike…

Join us Saturday at the South Broadway Athletic Club for the last wrestling card of 2012 in all of Missouri.


A State of Flux – Feel It Tonight

Dave Vaughn brings The Big Texan down to the canvas (Photo: Mike VanHoogstraat).

UPDATE (11/11/12): Big Dave Osborne has retracted his intent to retire.  Below is the story as it originally appeared.

The South Broadway Athletic Club should be an exciting atmosphere tonight, as Wild World of Wrestling Executive Producer Tim Miller has promised the return of some “familiar faces and former champions.”  These unnamed men will be welcomed to an ever-changing SBAC.  Here’s the scoop.

Big Dave Osborne, the Battle Royal Champion, said on Facebook that he will retire following a final match November 10th.  Logic suggests he will redeem his MO/IL Heavyweight Title shot that he earned after winning the King of Cable tournament.

Last month, former MMWA-SICW Commissioner Keith Smith got into a scuffle (a punch was thrown) with the SBAC’s Tim Miller after a card at the South Broadway Athletic Club.  This led to a near-complete personnel split that may be evident at upcoming events.

Announcer Ben Simon spoke to SICW promoter Herb Simmons and Tim Miller on a recent edition of his show, RingSyders (listen to the 10/21 replay in the right sidebar at PartyAnimalRadio.com).  Hear both sides of the story now.

There are no public ultimatums for wrestlers to “take sides.”  However, some have:

Ricky Cruz, the Classic Wrestling Champion, will only compete in SICW.  Of course, he will retain his East Carondelet-controlled title.  This is why the “Fans’ Choice” Cruz match never happened.

Rumor has it that “Ironman” Ken Kasa has chosen exclusivity to the Travis Cook Organization in Southern Illinois Championship Wrestling.  “Wrestling Machine” Dave Vaughn appears to still be willing to wrestle at Broadway.

It appears we have truly seen the last of the 27 year-old MMWA-SICW coalition.  There’s only one way to find out who’s coming back to SBAC tonight; be there.

Osborne’s The King; When Will He Claim His Shot?

Dave Osborne proudly snapped a shot of his new hardware following the King of Cable tournament (Photo by Kevin Edwards).

He guaranteed victory and he delivered.  Big Dave Osborne is the winner of the 2012 St. Louis King of Cable Cup tournament.

As the sun set on this outdoor event, the air dipped down to 50°F and the ring was slippery with dew.  At one point, a turnbuckle snapped from the post, prompting concern from fans that the ring was becoming unsafe.  The tournament continued through the dangerous chill.

The completed bracket for Rock ‘N’ Wrestling on September 22nd.

After chomping down Lumberjack Abe and shutting down hometown favorite Brian James, Osborne met Ricky Cruz in the final.  Ricky and Dave showcased their merits in an equal, exciting bout.  That is, until the goons showed up.

The Travis Cook Organization, Dave Vaughn and Ken Kasa, rushed the ring to attack Cruz after Senior Official Jim Harris was knocked loopy.  Harris recovered to see Cruz dumping Kasa into a porta potty.

While it was hilarious, Cruz was counted out of the ring.  Spectators were outraged that the most anticipated tournament of the year had ended on a count-out.  Perhaps one man summed it up best as he exited the Knights of Columbus lot:

This is bullsh*t!

This Saturday, come see Osborne and others at the historic South Broadway Athletic Club.  You never know when Big Dave will redeem his KOC victory for a shot at the heavyweight title.

Rock ‘N’ Wrestling: The King of Cable Cup II

To win the glory, one man must win three matches in one night.  MO/IL Heavyweight Champion Gary Jackson, Classic Wrestling Champion Ricky Cruz, Battle Royal Champion Big Dave Osborne, TV Champion Dave Vaughn, Ken Kasa, Brian James, MO/IL Junior Heavyweight Champion Max Archer, and Jimmy D will vie for the Cup.

An eight-man, single-elimination tournament will determine the new King of St. Louis Cable, a title derived from the long-running Wild World of Wrestling program on Charter cable.  The bracket seeding will not be announced until Saturday night.

Along with the Cable Cup trophy, the winner will receive a guaranteed heavyweight title shot at any MMWA event for a year.

Current champ Gary Jackson entered the field two months ago as a safeguard in case he lost his heavyweight championship.  He has not lost it and as such, if he wins, Jackson will choose his next opponent.  No titles are on the line in this tournament.

Ohio Valley Wrestling standout Brandon Espinosa won the tournament last year and captured the MO/IL Heavyweight Title three months later after redeeming his opportunity.

While the bell time is 7pm, the festivities start at 3pm.  A live band will play throughout the day and there will be carnival games, barbecue, and beer.  Hot damn!

This is an outdoor event.  There will be plenty of chairs but we expect more than we can seat.  Come early or bring a lawn chair.

Get ready for the biggest event of the year!

Come to Hillsdale for a FREE Event!

Max Archer elbows Draco Verdadero in Hillsdale in 2010.

September 8th will be a busy day for St. Louis Wrestling.  It’s our annual “double shot” day.  The MMWA-SICW and the Hillsdale Police Department are bringing wrestling to the people… essentially to their doorsteps.

The action starts at noon outside Hillsdale City Hall on Jesse Jackson Ave.  We’ll be barbecuing, giving away bicycles, and showcasing great wrestling action for free.  The MO/IL Heavyweight Champion Gary Jackson is expected to headline.

The annual Hillsdale event is special and unique from the other cards we present.  The village of Hillsdale is economically depressed (not a dangerous part of town).  Pro wrestling unites fans of all different social and financial brackets.

For many Hillsdale fans, young and old, this is the only live wrestling they will see all year.  This is the third year we have presented this community event and everyone always has a blast.

After that, the South Broadway Athletic Club hosts an event at its usual time, 8pm.

Big Dave Osborne is “Mr. Over-the-Top!”

Osborne smashes LaMarcus Clinton onto his knee for a punishing backbreaker.

The Battle Royal Champion is the best at throwing men over the top rope.  After all, it is how one wins the match.  For Big Dave Osborne, it has become an obsession.

After each match, Osborne continues his assault and finishes his opponent off by pitching him (where else?) over the top rope to the floor.  There goes Wilder, there goes LMC, there goes Verdadero…

When Big Dave Osborne is introduced, he demands that “Mr. Over-the-Top” precedes his name.  To some, this may seem a little Over-the-… excessive.

Big Dave sharpens his skills at Ohio Valley Wrestling, TNA’s developmental territory in Kentucky.  Recently, Osborne traveled to Pennsylvania to train with Ring of Honor stars.  “Mr. Over-the-Top” is not getting any easier to beat.

Last month, after Big Dave won his match, he told the Broadway fans that he was a shoo-in for the King of Cable Cup this fall:

On September 22nd, I guarantee victory at the St. Louis King of Cable Tournament.  I am the number one reason you fans come out to South Broadway.  No one will stop me on my eventual reign as MO/IL Heavyweight Champ.

The King of Cable debuted last year (Espinosa won the trophy).  It was decided immediately that the KOC should become an annual event.  With a strong field including all the singles champions from Missouri, the winner is awarded a heavyweight title shot.  It can be redeemed within a year from the win.

The field for the King of Cable on September 22 has not been finalized.  When it is, you will find it on this site.

You can see Big Dave Osborne in action tomorrow, August 11th, at the South Broadway Athletic Club.

Three-Way Saturday: Can Gary Survive?

Brandon Espinosa (center) keeps an eye on Dave Vaughn (lower left), who eventually cost Espinosa his title shot here against Gary Jackson. The three meet for the title on July 14.

UPDATE (7/11/12): Brandon Espinosa has sent word he will not compete on Saturday.  No decision has been made regarding the match yet.  Below is the story as it was originally posted.

The most-anticipated match of the year happens Saturday, July 14.  The MO/IL Heavyweight Championship is on the line as longtime favorite Gary Jackson defends against the brash Brandon Espinosa and unstable TV Champ Dave Vaughn in a three-way dance.

Gary Jackson, at age 51, showed Espinosa that the Gorgeous One’s time was not over when he forced Espy to tap two months ago.  Fans had high expectations for Brandon’s title run and many were surprised it ended so abruptly.  Someone had better get Gary Jackson a grill with his name on it.  After all, his longevity in the sport has made him the “George Foreman” of independent wrestling.

The lights have been shining brighter and brighter on Brandon Espinosa recently.  The Ohio Valley Wrestling standout has been making waves in TNA’s developmental league, winning his last three with the Kentucky-based group.  Considering this, can the impressive rebel keep his focus set on the richest prize in this territory?

“The Wrestling Machine” Dave Vaughn is the only Grand Slam Champion in the 27-year history of the MMWA-SICW coalition.  Perhaps most remarkable about this feat is that Vaughn is just 24 years old.  David is once again under the management of the Travis Cook Organization.  Fortunately, Cook has yet to reappear at the South Broadway AC.

Dave Vaughn has inserted himself into this feud by virtue of appearing at ringside the last couple times Jackson and Espinosa have gone to war.  After interference in June, “Gorgeous” Gary Jackson had had enough.  He proposed the three-way, a match he initially introduced to South Broadway.

This is also the annual “Christmas in July” card.  There will be gifts, drawings, and maybe even Santa himself.

How High Can LMC Fly?

Clinton shows his style at a recent Ohio Valley card.

The ring lights never asked to be destroyed.  Neither did the ceiling tile at a small venue in Illinois.  LaMarcus Clinton can’t be contained.  When he leaps off that top rope, the promoter had better double-check that the ceiling is high enough.

LMC has recently set his sights on the MO/IL Junior Heavyweight Title, currently held by the unsuspecting Max Archer.  Last month, the two met in a thriller that ended with Archer slamming LMC with a heavy Michinoku Driver.

When Clinton debuted in January 2011, his family was there, cheering the unknown competitor.  That support grew and something funny happened.  In one year, LaMarcus Clinton established what many veterans can’t in many years: a strong fan base.

Clinton isn’t done with Archer.  The mission toward the Junior Heavyweight crown continues tonight.

You can see LMC tonight at South Broadway.  The action starts at 8.

Journeyman Max Archer Upsets the Champ

When wrestling returns to South Broadway this Saturday, a new MO/IL Junior Heavyweight Champion will wear the belt.  Courageous?  Vaughn?  Espinosa?  A young Keith Smith?  Absolutely not.  Unbelievably, Max Archer is the man.

Archer has said he doesn’t care who he wrestles tomorrow night.  No matter, they will know why he’s the top dog of all competitors in the area at or under 220 pounds.

On April 14, Archer challenged reigning champ Ace Hawkins in a match that was only made that same day.  Archer dumped Hawkins on his head with a running Michinoku driver for the pin.

One could make excuses for Ace: his pending WWE tryout, his past unblemished record against Max, or a number of different items.  The bottom line is, on this night, Max Archer just wanted it more.

Archer sent a note to SaintLouisWrestling.com after his upset title win.

My win over Ace Hawkins was to prove a point that I am, without a doubt, the most amazing wrestler in St. Louis or anywhere.  I told everyone ‘Max Archer is gonna be champ.’  You can take this to the bank; Max Archer one day be the next world heavyweight champion.

Archer is deserving of his first title win for sure, but he’s also dancing with delusion.

Ace Hawkins on WWE Pay-per-view!

Ace Hawkins tells the crowd in Chicago why he and Hatton will defeat Ryback.

Ace Hawkins surprised St. Louis fans last night when he wrestled a match at Extreme Rules IV in Rosemont, Illinois.  He teamed with Heath Hatton to take on the massive “Ryback” Skip Sheffield.

The PWI Rookie of the Year, Ace took the microphone before his match to convince the crowd that the duo was the real deal.

“For the last several weeks on SmackDown, many men have tried to make a name for themselves in their first-ever WWE matches and they’ve all fallen flat on their faces!  But no one superstar stands a chance against two at the same time, especially us two.”

Hawkins delivers a signature leaping forearm attack on Ryback.

The math still wasn’t in their favor.  Ryback was dominant.

Any time a local competitor makes it to a national or worldwide stage, we salute them.  Congratulations, Ace.