Champions Galore! Who will be “King of Cable?”

Card Subject to Change.

Eight of the best wrestlers in the Missouri-Illinois area will compete in a one-night single-elimination tournament for the “King of St. Louis Cable” Cup trophy and a guaranteed MO/IL Heavyweight Title shot this Saturday.

MO/IL Heavyweight Champion Gary Jackson vs. Ace Hawkins is the first quarterfinal match.  If Gary wins the tournament, he will choose his next challenger.  Ace Hawkins would love get to the second round to face his former trainer, Espinosa.

TV Champion Brandon Espinosa and Big Dave Osborne wrestle in the first round.  Espinosa wants to win this whole thing to get another title shot and if he runs into Phil E. Blunt eventually, he won’t complain.

MO/IL Junior Heavyweight Champion Johnny Courageous vs. Phil E. Blunt is a toss-up.  Johnny has expressed his fascination with moving up and being the king of both weight classes.  Blunt’s participation is controversial due to his interference in the last title match; most feel he should not be rewarded.

Battle Royal Champion Dave Vaughn vs. Sean Vincent will round out the quarterfinals.  Vincent suffered a minor neck injury in a match with Ace Hawkins in Hillsdale.  He has been cleared to wrestle and the match is on again.

No titles are on the line in the tournament.  If Jackson wins, he will choose his next title challenger.

Former TNA Women’s Champion Madison Rayne will wrestle Stacey O’Brien.  Two weeks ago, Rayne came up short at Bound for Glory VII in an attempt to regain said title.  O’Brien wants to prove she belongs on the women’s national scene.

The Tag Team Championship will be on the line when The Big Texan & Tony Raze fight The Lumberjacks.  Abe & Gabe must win to prove they are still a competitive force in the division they dominated for close to twenty years.  You can bet the house that this one will not end “clean.”

The bell is at 8 PM, but merchandise man Nick Ridenour is sponsoring a wrestling trivia competition at 4 PM.  If interested, call him at (314) 631-3878.  The MMWA hopes that all of the great South Broadway fans join us at American Legion Post 162 for this memorable tournament.


The War of Generations

Espinosa, left, is gunning for Jackson's MO/IL crown (Photo by Mike VanHoogstraat).

When a sports promoter like Tony Casta deals with two massive egos, a deal is hard to come by.  Just look at Pacquiao-Mayweather in boxing.  While we may not see that fight, we will see Gary Jackson vs. Brandon Espinosa this Saturday, the 8th, at South Broadway.

After Jackson’s victory last month, Espinosa confronted the champ.  He raised his own TV Title high and declared he deserved a shot at the big prize.

“You say you’re a fighting champ and you haven’t been.  While you have been gone, I have been defending as the Wild World of Wrestling Television Champion!  Next month, I will beat you, end your career and make you pass the torch!”

Gary always is quick to point out he never backs down from a challenge, despite Brandon’s accusations that he is protected by Casta.  Jackson acknowledges someday he will “pass the torch.”  Now is not that day.

“I am going to pass the torch… up into ‘you know what!’  Turn around, and I’ma put the torch right up in there!”

“Gorgeous” Gary Jackson managed a sudden crucifix pin on Donovan Ruddick December 4th to win the MO/IL Heavyweight Championship.  Since then, he has defended the title five times against: The Big Texan (twice), Mark Sterling and Sean Vincent (twice).

“Thee” Brandon Espinosa rolled up Dave Vaughn for the win and the TV Championship June 11th.  He has thwarted: Ace Hawkins, Bill Murray, Chase King and LaMarcus Clinton to keep the title.  The TV Championship is not on the line against Jackson.

On paper, Brandon Espinosa will be Gary Jackson’s toughest opponent yet.  The 24 year old is the highest-ranked independent Midwest wrestler in the PWI 500 at 329.

However, Jackson is a 27 year veteran (older than Brandon himself) and Espinosa will be at a weight disadvantage.  Espinosa usually comes in at 190, well below the junior heavyweight limit of 220.  He will give up 40 lbs. to Jackson’s 230.

Also, it’s “Luck of the Draw” night; the undercard matches will be randomly drawn.

Introducing the 2011 “King of St. Louis Cable” Cup!

This is the bracket for the 2011 King of St. Louis Cable Cup tournament.  The single-elimination competition will take place on October 29.  A champion is represented in each first round match.

The winner receives the St. Louis Cable Cup and a guaranteed shot at the MO/IL Heavyweight Champion (currently Gary Jackson).  If the champion wins the Cup, the next defense will be his own decision.

Meet former TNA Women’s Champion Madison Rayne and the first family of referees, the Hebners–Earl, Dave and Brian–all at this event.

Also on October 29, The Big Texan & Tony Raze defend the Tag Team Championship against The Lumberjacks; Mephisto will face Evan Money, a newcomer from St. James, Mo.

Espinosa: I Want Gary Jackson!

Wrestling returns to South Broadway Athletic Club August 13th. Champs Jackson and Espinosa are expected to appear.


Brandon Espinosa is #329 in the 2011 Pro Wrestling Illustrated 500 ranking.  The TV Champion is not satisfied.  Espinosa is regularly heralded as one of the best grapplers in the Midwest.  The TV Champion is not satisfied.  Espy has captured almost every MMWA championship there is to capture.

Yet, the TV Champion is still unsatisfied.  There lies the issue: he doesn’t have the MO/IL Heavyweight Championship, currently held by Gary Jackson.

After defeating Dave Vaughn for the TV Title two months ago (with a subsequent defense against a game Ace Hawkins), “Thee” Brandon Espinosa feels a match with Jackson is the logical next step.

Over the past several weeks, Brandon has taken to blowing up the MMWA’s Facebook page with brash declarations:

I’ve defeated ROH and TNA stars Jimmy Jacobs, El Generico, Jay Lethal, a 500-pound monster known as Mississippi Madman.  I’ve ended the career of A.J. Williams, hold four championships, and have become tomorrow’s superstar… I have held every MMWA singles championship (except one).  I am demanding a heavyweight championship match against Gary Jackson.  I’m not wrestling until I get Gary Jackson!

Executive Producer Tim Miller responded with agreement for Espinosa’s wish and stated that title shots for the next several months are being scheduled.  Miller did not explicitly grant Espinosa a title shot.

Gary Jackson has been the MO/IL Heavyweight Champion since December 4th and has defended against The Big Texan, Mark Sterling and Sean Vincent.

Merry Christmas to You, Johnny Courageous

South Broadway hosts “MMWA Christmas in July” this Saturday night.  However, Johnny Courageous may not be sleeping on his queen mattress with visions of sugar plums in his dreams.

The holder of both the MO/IL Junior Heavyweight and Battle Royal Championships, Courageous will defend both on Saturday.

The Junior Heavyweight challenger is a newcomer to the St. Louis area, Bill Murray.  We hear that Murray has moved to the area from Louisiana to diversify his wrestling repertoire.  A victory for the title would be outstanding.

The battle royal will be a crazy match.  The Battle Royal title changes hands just about every time it is defended.

The new TV Champion Brandon Espinosa will be in action.  Although it took a low blow on Dave Vaughn to win that title last month, the match was a classic.  Now, Espy sets his sights on collecting all the belts.

There will be a raffle with big prizes, including St. Louis Cardinals tickets, wrestling tickets and merchandise.  Also, rumor has it Santa Claus will be in the house.

Rhino Comes to Broadway! A Triple-Header!

“The War Machine” will come tearing through St. Louis Saturday.  Former NWA Heavyweight Champion Rhino will meet Mark Sterling in the main event.  Sterling won the drawing for the right last month.

The “Kansas City Killer” Sterling has been studying videos of Rhino, surely to acquaint himself with the Gore, Rhino’s explosive spear.  Sterling has been conditioning five days a week to beat this national star.

The now-independent Rhino has been going around the country, demolishing top stars in each region.  Sterling, the #1 Heavyweight Contender in the unified rankings, is hungry to grab that national spotlight and shine it on himself.

Also on the card, Gary Jackson defends the MO/IL Heavyweight Championship against the returning Phil E. Blunt.  Blunt challenged “Gorgeous” Gary last month, reminding Jackson that Blunt was never pinned to lose his title.

Finally, young Dave Vaughn puts his TV Championship on the line against “Thee” Brandon Espinosa.  This should be a grappling masterpiece (but if Espy has his way, look out for a knockout punch).



Webmaster Note

SICW has released me, their former announcer and webmaster.  As a result, this is no longer the official web site of Southern Illinois Championship Wrestling.  There is no official web site for SICW.

The implications are that SICW events will no longer be featured on St. Louis Wrestling in HD (on YouTube) and SICW events will not be promoted on the front page.  This is not my choice.

My baby is St. Louis Wrestling in HD.  The production value on the local level is unmatched.  The YouTube channel “StLouisWrestling” is the most viewed indy wrestling channel in the Midwest.  There are reasons for it: good wrestling and incredible production.

For the sake of continuity, the schedule, rankings and results will still be updated.  At this time, nothing has changed regarding the MMWA.

I wish SICW good luck with their new TV and event formula.  I send out a big thank you to Herb Simmons and Larry Matysik, who mentored me and gave me my first gig as a ring announcer.

Dory Funk Jr. Meet-and-Greet Details

This Friday at 8pm, meet Dory Funk Jr. at the East Carondelet Community Center.  The former heavyweight champion of the world will be signing autographs and taking photos with fans.

You can be a part of this great opportunity for $20.  A ticket to this meet-and-greet will also admit you to the following night of action at the Community Center.

On Saturday, Dory Funk Jr. will team with Danny Boy Hawkins and Gary Jackson to take on Ron Powers, Sean Vincent and Kevin X in the most anticipated six man tag in SICW history.

Hawkins’ and Powers’ relationship has ended and with Vincent as Powers’ new “lackey,” you know we will see an explosion.  As well, Gary Jackson and Kevin X still have not determined the superior man in their series.

Also on the card, see Dave Vaughn vs. The Big Texan, Chaz Wesson vs. Waco, Tony Raze vs. LaMarcus Clinton, plus Bobby D vs. Luke Spencer, the champion of the Funking Conservatory.

The Lumberjacks Are Back!

The tag team champions, Abe and Gabe, return tonight to action at the South Broadway Athletic Club.  The brothers have been absent from the MMWA since January due to an illness in the family.

The boys are ready to take on all comers.  Abe (pictured left) sent an email with a warning for the roster:

“We talked to (promoter Tony) Casta this week.  Let them know… the “bulls of the woods,” the “mountain wreckin’ machines” will be back!

Upon returning, the Lumberjacks’ inactivity will end and they will be reinstated on the rankings page.

On Saturday night, listen closely.  When you hear the electric chainsaws revving from Jackyl’s “The Lumberjack,” you know the LJ’s are on their way.

Legendary Return to Belleville

SICW is at Belle Clair Fairgrounds Park tonight for the first wrestling card there in about 25 years.  The main event will be Ron Powers and his new supporter, Sean Vincent, taking on Danny Boy Hawkins and “Cowboy” Bob Orton.

Orton is not just another special guest for this match.  In March, Bob Orton was the man who suggested that Hawkins’ match against Powers be stopped for fear of injury to Danny Boy.

The match was stopped and Powers was declared the Classic Wrestling Champion.

Redemption is on the mind of Danny Boy, who holds no grudge against Orton for looking out for his health. To learn more about health and surgery, visit Matthew Galumbeck, MD at

Don’t miss this exciting night of wrestling for only $10.