This Saturday marks the third annual King of Cable Tournament, the first to be held at the historic South Broadway Athletic Club in Soulard.
Eight men will compete in one-on-one matches under single elimination rules to determine the fittest, best wrestler in the St. Louis area. The winner will receive a guaranteed title shot against the MMWA Champion at any time of the challenger’s choosing. The previous two winners of the tournament–Brandon Espinosa and Dave Osborne–went on to win the title when “cashing in” their opportunity, so the stakes are incredibly high.
Let’s look at the bracket, shall we?
No seeds here; every man’s name went into a hat and was drawn at random. Any of these men would make a fine King of Cable. The Television Champion A.J. Williams will meet Battle Royal Champion Lynn Mephisto in the opening round, Jr. Heavyweight Champion Andrew Wilder faces Ace Hawkins, Da’Marius Jones squares off against the 2012 King of Cable ‘Big’ Dave Osborne, and two longtime rivals butt heads yet again as Brian James battles Jimmy D.
Also on the card: MMWA Champion Brandon Espinosa will defend his title against Gary Jackson and the Lumberjacks will be in tag team action.
The ‘Best in the Midwest’ are at it again this Saturday night at the South Broadway Athletic Club.
Battle Royal Champion Raphael King puts the title on the line in an over the-top-rope free-for-all! After Big Dave Osborne’s interference cost Raphael King a shot at the MMWA Heavyweight Title last month, the two formed an uneasy alliance later that night in a losing effort against Brandon Espinosa and Ace Hawkins. Following the match, King and Osborne brawled outside the ring, much to the fan’s delight! You better believe those two still have a major beef…
The devilish Lynn Mephisto is still looking to take down ‘Gorgeous’ Gary Jackson any way he can. Mr. Jackson has kept his wits about him and avoided Mephisto’s shenanigans thus far. Sooner or later, these two WILL come to blows in a singles match…
Who will step up to challenge MMWA Champion Brandon Espinosa? A few guys have called Tony Casta and Tim Miller to lobby for a shot at the belt. Will the decision makers be swayed by a few honeyed words? And if so, by whom?
Brandon Espinosa opened last month’s show with a stunning loss against longtime rival A.J. Williams. The loss cost Espy his MMWA Junior Heavyweight Championship. But with a sagacious (look it up, folks) display of tactile judgment, Espinosa inserted himself into that night’s main event, a bout between Big Dave Osborne and “Gorgeous” Gary Jackson for the MMWA Heavyweight Championship. A three-way match ensued and at the end of the evening, it was Espinosa who surprised – winning the championship by pinning Osborne after hitting the big man with a flying kick from the top turnbuckle.
With the first title defense of Espinosa’s second reign approaching (July 13), we here at SaintLouisWrestling.com want to know: Who should get the first shot at the belt?
We’ve listed 3 potential contenders below each with an explanation why they deserve a shot at the strap (and even provided a possible write-in option).
1. Big Dave Osborne – The former champion was pinned, sure, but did not expect to be involved in a three-way match that night. Not only that, there was some controversy in the finish. There were some at ringside who thought Osborne forced Gary Jackson to tap in a submission hold and the referee was simply out of place to see it, allowing Espy to climb the turnbuckle and hit that flying kick to Osborne’s head.
2. Gary Jackson – He wasn’t pinned in last month’s bout and showed up to wrestle at the South Broadway Athletic Club thinking it’d be a 1-on-1 confrontation with Osborne. Doesn’t he deserve a 1-on-1 title shot?
3. A.J. Williams – Hey, he defeated Espy on the night Brandon went on to win the MMWA Championship. Shades of Owen and Bret at WrestleMania X?