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.
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.
“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).
SICW has ceased its working relationship with me, its 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 good 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.
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.