Mike Outlaw Secures Championship in Dynamo Pro’s Final 2014 Event

Mike Outlaw celebrates in Fenton after his title victory over Ricky Cruz.  Photo: Patrick Hook
Mike Outlaw celebrates in Fenton after his title victory over Ricky Cruz. Photo: Patrick Hook

By Patrick Brandmeyer

Now, as promised, a special comment about Dynamo Pro Wrestling at the Stratford Bar & Grill in Fenton on December 6th.

DISCLAIMER:  I’m biased.  Deal with it.

The busy weekend continued with Dynamo’s final event of the year.  They had a great turnout, mostly in support of the upstart challenger to the Dynamo Pro Title.  The area’s talent was spread across this card, MMWA at South Broadway (separate commentary to come), and Metro Pro in Kansas City.

Your ring announcer was Chris Roedel; your referees were Jay King, Patrick Hook, and Richard White.

Brandon Espinosa started the event, complaining about being left off the card while some rookie punk got the title shot at Ricky Cruz.  That brought out Cruz, but Espy backed off and said he would go to “7th Street” where he was a main-eventer…all righty then.  Ricky threw out a joking line about “where the big boys play” before turning his attention to Mike Outlaw…Outlaw came out and Cruz acknowledged that he had a hand in training him.  Of course, he taught Outlaw everything he knows, but not everything Ricky Cruz knows…and in one final lesson, Ricky slapped him HARD before leaving the ring.

The Bum Rush Brothers (“The Don Mega” Shorty Biggs & Outtkast) vs. Dave DeLorean & Jayden Fenix (w/ Travis Cook & Michael Magnuson):  Travis claimed Magnuson was injured (he was on crutches at ringside), then introduced Fenix as his replacement.  I don’t know if Fenix is a WLW or Dynamo trainee, but this was my first time seeing or hearing about him.  The BRB’s and Black Hand Warriors had battled for most of the year, including a few Tag Title changes, and this should have settled the feud.  After a lot of near-falls were exchanged, Travis blatantly interfered to save his team and was ejected from ringside.  As the referee’s attention was diverted, Magnuson hit Outtkast from behind with his crutch and DeLorean finished the job with a powerbomb onto the knee in 12:37.  I suspect this issue isn’t QUITE over yet…

Brandon Aarons vs. “The Alternative” Ozzie Gallagher:  Gallagher changed his name out of disgust over sharing a first name with his long-time rival; he was introduced as “Ozwald Gallagher” at PWE the previous night.  (To be fair, there ARE a lot of Brandons in the wrestling scene around here…MARKET CONFUSION~!)  These two have gone back and forth over the course of 2014, though I think Aarons has the edge in the overall series.  Aarons won a solid matchup with his version of the Burning Hammer in 4:38.

High Level Enterprise (Jack Gamble & Jon Webb) vs. “The” Evan Morris & “The New Hotness” Danny Adams:  Yay for matching tag team gear!  The emphasis on tag team wrestling was pushed on this night with three tag bouts…the outcomes may determine the pecking order as it relates to the next shot at the belts.  This one could have realistically gone either way, but HLE overcame a spirited effort by the new duo of Morris & Adams.  Webb pinned Morris after a second-rope moonsault in 12:55.

Keon Option vs. “Ironman” Ken Kasa (w/ Travis Cook):  I mentioned the notable fanbase for Outlaw, but Option had quite a few fans in Fenton as well.  We could use a promo segment to establish his “Straps Down University” catchphrase…Travis had trouble figuring out the “K.O., S.D.U.!” chants.  Option is still very new, but he’s looked decent in his first few outings…even thought he had just recover from the surgery he got at the Chagrin BLVD.  Alas, the dreaded rookie mistake came back to bite him as Kasa avoided a blind cross-body off the second rope…that led to Kasa hitting the John Wu Dropkick to win in 10:45.

Intermission!  I’m trying to cut back on the sugary stuff and caffeine, so balance between soda and water is a good way to go (leaning toward water).  Still working on the whole healthier-diet thing, including (gasp!) salads. I’m not about to get on these diet pills for teenagers, so I’m looking for whole foods as a base.

“The Madman” Paco Gonzalez vs. Elvis Aliaga:  This was a solid matchup but the fans didn’t seem to be into it for whatever reason…not sure why.  Paco has had a fan section at recent events, but maybe they weren’t in attendance for this one.  There was one scary moment where Paco did a running plancha and nearly crashed and burned as he caught his feet on the top rope…thankfully he seemed okay afterwards.  Aliaga won clean with the T.C.B. (Falcon Arrow) in 9:01.

“Dirdey” Jake Dirden & Jackal vs. The Professionals (Shawn Santel & Mauler McDarby)(w/ Travis Cook) for the Tag Team Title:  So if Santel & McDarby would have won the belts, would the Black Hand Warriors have gotten the first title shot?  Inquiring minds want to know.  Dirden & Jackal are the most recent Unlikely Duo™ to hold tag team gold in professional wrestling as Dirden was a substitute for the injured Rocket Mapache in the match where the belts changed hands.  Travis wanted to get “his” belts back, regardless of which team did the job.  Good tag team matchup here; Jackal got the win out of nowhere with a ‘rana on McDarby in 10:30.  The Professionals did the post-match attack, but Mapache came out with some sort of metal weapon in hand (ring wrench?) and that momentary distraction allowed Dirden and Jackal to fight back.

“The King of Chaos” Ricky Cruz vs. Mike Outlaw for the Dynamo Pro Title:  Outlaw has been one of the most impressive Dynamo newcomers in 2014.  Last month, Dynamo did a unique gauntlet-style matchup with competitors who had never challenged for the Dynamo Pro Title…the winner was guaranteed a championship match and Outlaw capitalized on that opportunity to earn his way to this main event.

The atmosphere was off the charts for this one.  I thought about the possibilities of Cruz cheating outrageously to hang onto his title, Cruz retaining via cheap DQ or countout, or even a time limit draw (which would have been my second in as many indy events for the weekend).

It was the veteran champion against the upstart challenger…as you might expect, overconfidence proved to be Ricky’s undoing on a few occasions.  He doesn’t go to the top rope very often and that backfired on him as he got slammed to the mat, leading to Outlaw hitting the Macho Elbow for a near-fall (That needs a name…”High Noon”, maybe?).  He followed up with his middle-rope springboard European uppercut for another close two-count.  Cruz cut him off with an eyerake and backcracker…for two.  Superkick…for two.

Outlaw rallied back with a somersault plancha, then hit another Macho Elbow…for ANOTHER two-and-a-half count.  Ricky cut him off again and hit the Cruz Control (swinging fisherman buster)…for 2½!  If anyone has kicked out of that before, it hasn’t happened often…Ricky lost his cool and stormed back to the dressing room, returning with a steel chair.  However, that backfired on him as Outlaw avoided the swing, then dropkicked the chair back into his face.  The third time was the charm as Outlaw hit his third top-rope elbowdrop of the match and that was finally enough to seal the deal in 21:00, making Mike Outlaw the new Dynamo Pro Wrestling Champion!

Cruz grabbed the belt away from the referee, but handed it over to Outlaw before exiting without incident…after that, much of the locker room came out to celebrate with the new champion.  It was a really cool moment and Drew described it as a “feel-good” moment in an industry that doesn’t have nearly enough of them lately.  That especially holds true in this era of “pay yer dues,” “it factors,” “intangibles,” “brass rings,” etc.

Between SLA and Dynamo this past weekend, I got to see two really fun main events that were two completely different kinds of matches.  It says a lot about the different products within this one wrestling scene and the variety that’s available to wrestling fans…there’s plenty out there if you’re willing to look for it.

MMWA had its final card of the year at South Broadway on Saturday…I hope to do a full commentary on that once I’ve watched the online video.

Good night, good luck, and #yaywrestling.


Flash Flanagan on Top of SICW: First Defense is “Old School,” Dec. 13

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By Brian Kelley

Heath Hatton had been a fighting champion ever since defeating “Ironman” Ken Kasa on July 26th in East Carondelet, Illinois. Since then, he had been hunted by many of the toughest men in the Midwest today, including the “The King of Chaos” Ricky Cruz, Ken Kasa, and Bull Bronson. Yet, it would be a man who had been relentless in his pursuit of the SICW title: Flash Flanagan.

Flanagan has a long history of calculated violence in his career.  He made his way from Puerto Rico to WWE, earning a reputation as a bulldozer known to strike fear in fans and opponents.

The first piece of business was getting under the skin of champion Hatton when he targeted Hatton’s protégé “The Man of Tomorrow” Daniel Eads. Flanagan dished out a brutal beating on the rising young star during a match that brought out the champion to make the save.

That set up a title match in Fairmont City where Flanagan nearly cheated his way to victory, but the decision was reversed and Hatton was able to fight another day as champ.

After a successful title defense back in East Carondelet, Illinois against Travis Cook’s bodyguard Bull Bronson, Hatton again was staring across the ring at Flanagan on the cold November night.

Early and often in the match, the challenger Flanagan worked on Hatton’s arm. Just when it looked as if Hatton was about to take over, one minor mistake lead to pain for the champ; Hatton accidentally took out the ref with a blind crossbody off the second rope. Hatton locked in the crossface on Flanagan , but the ref was still down and didn’t see the tapout. When Hatton attempted to revive the referee, Flanagan struck with a superkick and then a ruthless blow to the head via his kendo stick.

Flanagan thought he had won the belt, before Hatton kicked out. When Flanagan attempted to use a steel chair, Hatton was a step ahead and reversed an Irish whip into the chair, then attempted a rollup to end the match.  Flanagan blocked it, sat down on the shoulders, and held onto the ropes to end the reign of Heath Hatton as the Classic Wrestling Champion.

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Legendary wrestling manager Jim Cornette returns as a guest referee Saturday, December 13th in East Carondelet for a No Disqualification Match.  There will be a winner when Red River Jack (with Big Daddy) faces “The King of Chaos” Ricky Cruz (with Travis Cook).

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On December 13th, “Volatile” Curtis Wylde (with Wyldefyre) will make his debut with SICW Wrestling Explosion.

Classic Wrestling Champion Flash Flanagan defends his title against the “Old School Warrior” Chaz Wesson.

Also, Gary Jackson will match against Mohamad Ali Vaez.  Sean Vincent will appear for the first time in two years.

Call 618-286-4848 to reserve your seats.

Elimination Tag at South Broadway! Will Harris or Orleans be Commish after Dec. 6?

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The Card:

-Team MMWA (Brian James, Da’Marius Jones, Dave Osborne, Everett Connors, & Jackson Whitechapel) vs. Team Elitism (Brandon Espinosa, A.J. Williams, Laurence Johnson, Sean Orleans, & ?) – Elimination Tag Match

-Andrew Wilder & Johnathan Zulu vs. Draco Verdadero & Freddie Fury – Tag Team Title

-Moondog Rover vs. Kevin Lee Davidson – TV Title

-Gary Jackson vs. Jimmy D

Pro Wrestling Epic Reboots Dec. 5

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Pro Wrestling Epic debuts in Greater St. Louis at The Field Soccer Complex in Pontoon Beach, Ill.

The Card:
Mephisto vs. Brandon Aarons
Stacey O’Brien vs. Lucy Mendez
Makaze vs. Cameron Cage w/ Mr. Late Nite
Plus five more!

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.  Kids 5 and under are free.  There are only 100 chairs available; the rest are bleachers.

For advance tickets or to reserve seating, call (618) 806-4656 or though PayPal: sherytakamadulski@yahoo.com.

Doors at 7:30.  Bell at 8.



Dynamo Pro: Ricky Cruz vs. Mike Outlaw, Dec. 6

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The Card:
-Ricky Cruz vs. Mike Outlaw – Heavyweight Title
-Jake Dirden & Jackal vs. The Professionals (Shawn Santel & Mauler McDarby) – Tag Team Title
-Brandon Aarons vs. Brandon Gallagher
-The Bumrush Brothers (Shorty Biggs & Outtkast) vs. The Black Hand Warriors (Michael Magnuson & Dave DeLorean)
-Paco Gonzalez vs. Elvis Aliaga
-High Level Enterprise (Jack Gamble & Jon Webb) vs. Evan Morris & Danny Adams

Smith Family Takes on Cruz & Khan in Cahokia, Nov. 22

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The Card:
-Jeremy Lightfoot vs. Billy Diamond
-Keith Smith & Keith Smith Jr. vs. Ricky Cruz & Attila Khan
-Brandon Espinosa vs. Everett Connors
-Gary Jackson vs. Ken Kasa
-Big Jim Hoffarth & Moondog Rover vs. Daniel Gunner & Bubba Troll
-Appearing:  John Blackheart, Mr. Bibbs, Brian James, Barackus, Evan Gelistico, Da’Marius Jones

First Time Ever! Big Three Promotions Run on Same Night

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By Ben Simon

Never before have the MMWA, SICW, and Dynamo Pro all held events (as separate promotions) on the same night.  This Saturday, October 11, you have a tough choice.

The MMWA card has already been posted.  Here is information on the other two.

SICW in Swansea

“Fighting at the Firehouse” is at the Swansea Village Fire Department.  It features Heath Hatton’s fourth Classic Wrestling Championship defense against huge Bull Bronson.

Also, Gary Jackson vs. Ricky Cruz, Big Jim Hoffarth vs. Waco, and a tag match with Daniel Eads & Shiloh Jonze vs. Ken Kasa & Flash Flanagan.

Bell at 8pm.  For advance tickets, call (618) 344-1781.

Dynamo Pro in Glen Carbon

Dynamo Pro’s final stop of the season to the Sports Academy pits Mark Bland’s team (Team Dynamo) against Travis Cook’s boys in a ten-man elimination tag.  It’s Outtkast, Shorty Biggs, Jack Gamble, Jon Webb, and Billy McNeil vs. Ken Kasa, Michael Magnuson, Dave DeLorean, Shawn Santel, and Mauler McDarby.

Also on the card, Michael Elgin faces Jeremy Wyatt in one of Elgin’s first matches back in the country.

Bell at 8.  For ticket information, visit DynamoProWrestling.com.