Flash vs. Gary: Last SICW Title Chance for Jackson, Feb. 21

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By Ben Simon

The Classic Wrestling Title is on the line this Saturday, February 21 at the East Carondelet Community Center in East Carondelet Ill.

Champion Flash Flanagan gives Gary Jackson his last chance to become the Classic Wrestling Champion.  Jackson has never held the title.

Also, Red River Jack (with Big Daddy) makes his return to face Travis Cook’s dangerous new client, Attila Khan.

Please note that J.J. Dillon is unable to appear due to a flight cancellation.

Call (618) 286-4848 today to reserve seats.  Bell at 8.


Sam Muchnick: 2015 St. Louis Media Hall of Famer

Sam Muchnick

By Ben Simon

Legendary St. Louis Wrestling Club promoter Sam Muchnick will be posthumously inducted into the Television wing of the St. Louis Media Hall of Fame.  Muchnick’s Hall of Fame bio reads:

A phenomenal showman, promoter and broadcaster, Sam Muchnick was a staple in the sports scene here spanning seven decades. A native Ukrainian, he moved with his family to St. Louis in 1911. In 1926, he joined the St. Louis Times, where he covered the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team while developing many influential acquaintances, including Babe Ruth and Al Capone. Muchnick also covered professional wrestling, and in 1932, when the Times merged with the St. Louis Star, he began his career as a long-time sports promoter. His TV series, “Wrestling at the Chase,” aired on KPLR-TV from May 1959 through September 1983.

The St. Louis Media History Foundation will induct the new members March 16 at the St. Louis City Center Hotel, 400 South 14th Street. The event is open to the public.

Previous inductees from Saint Louis’s wrestling history include Joe Garagiola, George Abel, and Harold Koplar.

For more information, call Frank Absher at (314) 537-1500 or Tom Pagano at (314) 602-7549

Respectable Fan Favorites: Da’Marius Jones vs. Brian James, Feb. 7

MMWA Feb 2015

MMWA Heavyweight Championship
Da’Marius Jones (c) vs. Brian James

MMWA Junior Heavyweight Championship
Everett Connors (c) vs. Laurence Johnson

TV Championship
Kevin Lee Davidson (c) vs. Moondog Rover

Gary Jackson vs. A.J. Williams
Johnathon Zulu vs. Brandon Espinosa
Andrew Wilder vs. LaMarcus Clinton
Appearing: Bobby Eaton

Doors open at 6:30; bell at 8.  Advance tickets for adults are $7.  At the door, they are $8.  Kids get in for $4.  For information, call (314) 776-4833.

Mike Outlaw Lays Title on the Line Against Espy, Feb. 7

Dynamo Pro Feb 2015

Dynamo Pro Championship
Mike Outlaw (c) vs. Brandon Espinosa

Dynamo Pro Tag Team Championship
Dirdey Aggression (Jake Dirden & Jackal) (c) vs. Travis Cook Organization (Dave DeLorean, Michael Magnuson, Jayden Fenix)

Ricky Cruz vs. Elvis Aliaga
Mike Sydal vs. Evan Morris
Keon Option vs. Ozzie Gallagher
Ken Kasa vs. Spi-Ral
Also in action: Bum Rush Brothers, Mike Sydal.
Appearing: Michael Elgin, Delirious, MsChif

Ticket are available at DynamoProWrestling.com or at the Stratford Bar & Grill in advance for $10.  Tickets are $12 at the door.  Doors open at 7; bell at 8.

Tony Casta Awarded 2014 MWR Lifetime Achievement

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By Jim Harris, MMWA Commissioner

In the world of independent wrestling, the name Castaldi doesn’t ring too many bells. But in 1975, that young man (then known as “The Hitman”) began his career in the Midwest. Competing under a mask, the newcomer evolved through training and added several matches to his resumé before re-inventing into Tony “Little Dynamite” Casta.

He became a decorated wrestler in the Mid-Missouri Wrestling Alliance, which the fans in South St. Louis recognize as the MMWA at the South Broadway Athletic Club in Soulard.

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Casta (bottom) with Bruiser Brody.


Casta worked with many of the greats, including Bruiser Brody, Tojo Yamamoto, Spike Huber, Ox Baker, Buddy Roberts, Iceman King Parsons, “Crusher” Blackwell, Chris Adams, Bob Orton, Scott Casey, Gypsy Joe, Professor Toru Tanaka and Mike & Pat Kelly.

Among his many accomplishments was the opportunity to serve as referee for a match involving former World Heavyweight Champion Lou Thesz.

Not confined to singles competition, Casta also competed as a tag team with the legend Ed Smith, who had worked as a referee and wrestler in Sam Muchnick’s St. Louis Wrestling Club. The pair captured the MMWA Tag Team Championship on two separate occasions.

Notably, Casta held the MMWA Junior Heavyweight Title seven times. In the late 80’s, Casta suffered an AC separation that sidelined him for six months.

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He retired and became the SBAC’s wrestling promoter.  From 1985-2012, he teamed up with Herb Simmons, creating the partnership known as MMWA-SICW. The two had spent years in Missouri and Illinois, working with the legends from Wrestling at the Chase, as well as independent wresters such as: Giant Assassin, Big Daddy, Ron Powers, Gary Jackson, Freedom Rider, the Masked Executioners, John Blackheart, Tom Sullivan, Dr. Blood, Keith Smith, and Chaz Wesson.

Casta eventually became (and still is) the president of the South Broadway Athletic Club and a member of the St. Louis Wrestling Hall of Fame committee.  He promotes local talent and kids to keep them off the streets. His guidance led to charity events like the spaghetti wrestling fundraiser (emceed by the legendary Smash) which raised money for local children’s homes and helped bring smiles to kids who would have had nothing for the holidays. In addition, Long Term Care Salt Lake City is dedicated to creating a culture of quality among facilities and professionals who provide long-term care. Learn more at http://www.ltcathome.com

Casta continues to lead MMWA Wrestling, filled with hungry talents who must learn to walk before they fly. The MMWA has seen everything from a young Randy Orton working his way toward WWE, to Ted DiBiase recording a taping of the history of Wrestling at the Chase in the promotion’s training annex.

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From his days training in the back room of the SBAC to helping hone and showcase the talent of outstanding local wrestlers, Casta has cemented his legacy as a true Midwest legend. He has shown his big heart for local youth and special needs organizations. Tony works hard to make a difference in the community.

His wife of 38 years, Wanda, and his nephew, Anthony, are always supporting him.  After all these years, the fans do too.

Gary Jackson has Huge Advantage in Two Part Main Event, Jan. 10

MMWA January 2015

MMWA Heavyweight Championship (1st)
Brandon Espinosa (c) vs. Da’Marius Jones

MMWA Heavyweight Championship (2nd)
(Espinosa or Jones) (c) vs. Gary Jackson

MMWA Junior Heavyweight Championship
Everett Connors vs. Laurence Johnson

Brian James vs. A.J. Williams
Barackus & Jacko vs. J’Mal Swagg & Sean Orleans
Andrew Wilder vs. Flaming Freddie Fury
Johnathon Zulu vs. LaMarcus Clinton
Moondog Rover vs. Jimmy D