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!

MMWA Places 4 Wrestlers in ‘PWI 500’

Four of our MMWA stars placed in the illustrious ‘PWI 500,’ which was released online Tuesday afternoon.

We obtained pictures of our four wrestlers and exactly where they fall in the rankings.

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To see the entire list, visit PWI-Online.com for a digital download.

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.