“King of Cable” Bracket Released

By Sean Orleans

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?

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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.

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No Table is Safe at an MMWA Event!

By Sean Orleans

Our August card left some fans screaming in disbelief, others with their mouths agape.  The final match of the night, Gary Jackson vs. Lynn Mephisto, saw both men take their rivalry to a whole new level.

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Mephisto reads Gary Jackson the riot act prior to their match. (Courtesy: Rachel Collins)

After being berated by Mephisto on the microphone, Jackson took control of the match and proceeded to whip the younger challenger from pillar to post.  In fact, Gary Jackson whipped Lynn Mephisto into a corner so hard that one of the turnbuckles popped loose and had to be fixed during the match.

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Mephisto lower back took a beating after being whipped around the turnbuckles. (Courtesy: Rachel Collins)

Folks, I’m usually at the South Broadway Athletic Club hours ahead of the show and I get to see the ring being assembled, and let me tell you, it takes a lot of force to dislodge one of those turnbuckles from a post.  It took four men to reattach the turnbuckle.  So try and imagine the impact something like that had on Lynn Mephisto’s lower back.

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Gary Jackson tries fighting his way out of Mephisto’s headlock. (Courtesy: Rachel Collins)

With the turnbuckle fixed, both men continued tearing at each other.  The action spilled outside the ring and that’s where things went off the rails.  Mephisto attempted to whip Jackson into the guardrail, but Jackson reversed the move and Mephisto’s back tasted the steel.  Jackson lunged forward and clotheslined his opponent, sending both over the rail and into the front rows.

As the ref administered the 10-count, both Jackson and Mephisto used a chair on each other, causing a double disqualification.  But in some feuds, wins and losses don’t matter as much as “who got the last dig in,” to borrow a phrase.

Gary Jackson tossed Lynn Mephisto onto a plastic table, climbed up on top of it and proceeded to piledrive Mephisto down on the table.  Mephisto was out on the floor for several minutes and had to be helped (i.e. carried) to the back by staff.

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Mephisto had to be carried into the back and didn’t really “come to” for several minutes afterwards. (Courtesy: Rachel Collins)

A nearby fan snapped this image of the table shortly afterwards:

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Plastic tables >>> Wooden tables (Courtesy: Rachel Collins)

Afterwards, fans took group photos with the caved-in table like it was a celebrity.

We hope to provide video of this incident as soon as we can obtain permission and post it online.

Battle Royal this Saturday Night!

By Sean Orleans

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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?

Also in action: Moondog Rover, Phil E. Blunt, the high-flyer Ace Hawkins, and the menacing Jackson Whitechapel!  And Saturday marks the MMWA debut of Da’Marius Jones!  Folks, you’re going to want to get in on the ground floor with this guy before the stock goes public.

Doors open at 7 P.M., so get here early to make sure you grab a seat as close to the action as you can handle!

As always: Card is subject to change.

Team Warfare at South Broadway this Saturday!

By Sean Orleans

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The Doctor is in this Saturday night at the South Broadway Athletic Club.  The “Doctor of Desire,” Tom Prichard, will compete in a MMWA ring.  Come see the former member of the Heavenly Bodies team up with “Gorgeous” Gary Jackson as they square off against Phil E. Blunt and the diabolical Lynn Mephisto!

Several things to look for in this match-up: Phil E. Blunt is back competing in the MMWA for the first time in months, Lynn Mephisto finally gets an opportunity to square off against Gary Jackson (albeit in a tag match), and of course, Tom Prichard is in the house.

Don’t know who Tom Prichard is, kiddos?  You’re talking about a USWA and Smokey Mountain Wrestling icon.  He has won singles and tag titles, including a two-month run as World Tag Team Champion with Chris Candido.  This guy has the smarts, too.  He’s an author, he conducts seminars across the country, and he has trained some of the biggest names in recent pro wrestling history: The Rock, Kurt Angle, Edge, Mark Henry and Dolph Ziggler.

If you still don’t trust the dude’s bonafides: CHECK. YOUR. HEAD.

And sure, we could say that’s your big match of the night.  Hell, any promotion would be happy to tell you putting a wrestling aficionado like Tom Prichard in a match against a returning favorite like Phil E. Blunt and have them each team with the beloved Gary Jackson and his nemesis-at-the-moment Lynn Mephisto would be enough — BUT OH NO!

Your MMWA Heavyweight Champion, Brandon “Espy” Espinosa is putting the gold on the line against your Battle Royal Champion, Raphael King!   Espy will need all his craftiness and cunning to escape Saturday night with the belt when he matches wits with wrestling’s renaissance man, the 6’5″, 225-pound Raphael King.

And MMWA Junior Heavyweight Champ A.J. Williams will be tested as he takes on “The Wild One” Andrew Wilder!  Wilder picked up a win last month against Flamin’ Freddie Fury and says he’s ready to bring the damage against A.J. Williams, but the champ has got bad intentions as he aims to hold onto his newly-won title!

These three plus many more, this Saturday night at 8 P.M. at the South Broadway Athletic Club.

As always: Card is subject to change.