“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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FRAUD AT THE POLLS: Riverfront Times Has No Love for MMWA

By Sean Orleans

I am a man aggrieved.  Two weeks ago, the Riverfront Times published its “Best of” list for 2013 and I am stunned—STUNNED, I tell you—that Sean Orleans and the MMWA were shut out across the board this year.

I had to scroll through all the categories not twice but thrice to make certain: Best Cheap Thrill, Best All Ages Venue, Best Place to People Watch, Best Sports Broadcast Personality, and Best Sports Bargain.

The brain trust at Riverfront Times apparently thinks the St. Louis Rams are a better bargain than the MMWA at South Broadway Athletic Club.  You’re telling me an $8 adult ticket and $4 child ticket for three hours of wrestling is not up to par with an atrocious football team that can’t even give tickets away?  Pish-posh, I say!

How is the South Broadway Athletic Club not the best place for people watching in the St. Louis metro area?  Good Lord, man, all walks of life are showing up month in and month out.  I’ve said it before on commentary and I’ll say it again here: it smells like Red Bull and teen pregnancy.  Now you tell me that that’s not a tremendous selling point…

Some of the guys have even confessed their dissatisfaction with the lack of a ‘Best Wrestler’ category.  The Midwest is a bastion for pro wrestling and St. Louis remains the Mecca.  Surely, the fine folks at RFT are not so obtuse as to ignore such talent still putting on top-notch events?  This has got to be an oversight…

But most galling is the lack of respect shown my way in the ‘Best Sports Broadcast Personality’ category.  To borrow a phrase, “I’m the straw that stirs the drink” on the MMWA television program.  Oh sure, Tim Miller and Ben Simon are nice enough guys and do a job best described as “fair to moderate,” but I’m raising the bar, people.  I’m educating the plebeians with my glut of wrestling acumen, and I’m losing out to Darren Pang?  A pox on your house, Riverfront Times! A pox on your house!

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.

Espy vs. “TBD”: Who Gets the First Shot at Brandon’s Belt?

By Sean Orleans

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?