This week in FUW

Posted by Florida Underground Wrestling News and Information on August 15, 2011 under FUW News | Comments are off for this article

Florida Underground Wrestling Tuesday in Largo Florida,

Gasoline Alley 14042 66th Street, Largo Fl

Doors open 7PM
Bell time 9PM
$8 adult’s $4 kids
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Florida Underground Wrestling Thursday in New Port Richey Florida,

BENCHWARMERS 6431 US 19 New Port Richey Florida

Doors open 7PM
Bell time 8:45PM
$8 adult’s $4 kids
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Come check out Florida’s hottest promotion and talent

• FUW Heavyweight Champion “The Marquee” Bruce Santee
• WWE original Nexus and NXT star Michael Tarver
• 2cd generation Wrestler Dakota Darsow
• Worldwide enterprises
• (“Cuban Assassin” Fidel Sierra, Roughhouse Ralph Mosca and Shannon Rose)
• Biff Slater
• Brooklyn Shores
(“WWE Tough enough” Michael Zaki, Eric Cooper and Frankie Ciatso)
• 1ST Degree (D-Lo Jordon, Wayne Wonder, James Anthony)
• Hunks in Trunks (Nick Fame and Ryan Sorenson)
• “The Eight Deadly Sin” Sideshow
• “The Raging Bull” Eddie Taurus
• JD Maverick
• James Alexander
• “The Tokyo Monster” Kahagas w/Dontay Brown w/Raquel Savage
• Damien Angel
• “Killer” Kyle Blizzard
• Joey “Boom Boom” Mayo
• Romeo Razel Quevado
• The Latin Assassins (Mike Cruz and Gus Money)
• The 7ft Giant “Titan”
• Deimos
• The All Nighters(Shooter Storm and Joey Knight)
• Nuyuricans (Ramos and
• Maxwell Chicago

Check out http://WWW.FUwrestling.com for all events and news

Ybor Events @ Empire Club Cancelled

Posted by Florida Underground Wrestling News and Information on August 7, 2011 under FUW News | Comments are off for this article

Florida Underground Wrestling will no longer be running weekly events on Friday.  Thank you for your support, and we wish Empire Night Club the best of luck in future endeavors.

Crazy Dave’s Bar Schedule

Posted by Florida Underground Wrestling News and Information on August 3, 2011 under FUW News | Comments are off for this article

CRAZY DAVE’S SPECIAL EVENTS

To sign up for any of our events, please call the bar at: (727) 531-5518. We are always looking for pool players for our leagues. Also, we need players for our upcoming Dart League and local bands who would be interested in playing live at Crazy Dave’s.

AND JOIN US EVERY TUESDAY @ GASOLINE ALLEY FOR
LIVE PRO WRESTLING SHOWS. CLICK HERE FOR INFO.

CRAZY DAVE’S ONGOING EVENTS

MONDAYS: IN-HOUSE POOL LEAGUE
Tables open for practice at 7 PM. Competition starts at 8 PM. $5 to play. 6 teams of 3 people, with all skill levels welcome. Ball in hand rules, playing 3 games each night. All money goes back to the players, even the last place team. The league lasts 15 weeks, culminating in a big party at the end of the season, with free food and a double-elimination pool tournament.

TUESDAYS: IN-HOUSE BOWLING LEAGUE
Competition starts at 6:30 PM. $5 to play, and all money goes back to the bowlers. And don’t forget out drink special — buy 3 drinks, get 1 free — limit 1 per person please.

WEDNESDAYS: BEER PONG
Starting August 3, 2011, beer pong tournaments. For more information, please call the bar at: (727) 531-5518.

WEDNESDAYS: TRAVELING POOL LEAGUE
Coming soon — new Wednesday Night Pool League OR Wednesday Tournament Night. Interested parties, please call the bar at: (727) 531-5518 or email us at cubanworldwide@aol.com

THURSDAYS: IN-HOUSE POOL LEAGUE
See “Mondays” listing above for full information.

FRIDAYS: LIVE MUSIC
Join us on Fridays, 9 PM – Midnight, for live music from Jill, singing everything from oldies to modern hits and more.

SATURDAYS: KARAOKE WITH WENDY & AL
Be the star of the show. Come on down, and bring your friends, every Saturday night, 8 PM – Close.

SUNDAYS: FREE POOL
Plus Happy Hour prices from open to close.

SIGN UP INFORMATION:
To sign up for any of our events, please call the bar at: (727) 531-5518. We are always looking for pool players, as well as players for our new Dart League and local bands interested in playing live at Crazy Dave’s.

CvC 2.0. Who Was the Real First WWE Diva: Sable or Sunny?

Posted by Kari on June 29, 2011 under FUW News | Comments are off for this article

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The Real First WWE Diva: Sable or Sunny?

Well my friends, the first question posed to me in the opening round of the CvC 2.0 competition is, who was the real first WWE Diva: Sable or Sunny?

To answer this question, I look back at which one had the greatest overall influence, most memorable moments and lasting legacy during their run(s) in the WWE.

That diva would be Sable.

To start off, I provide some history and backdrop.

When I was a younger lad immersed in the wrestling industry, there were many stars that I looked up to. Shawn Michaels, Diesel, Sycho Sid, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Bret Hart, Undertaker.

Owned all the action figures, read the magazine, memorized the moves. Everything. Wrestling nerd at its finest.

 

It was pre-WWF Attitude era, a post-Hulk Hogan era with no one huge definitive star but more of a collection of high-level stars, all fighting one another on a pretty even playing field for wrestling supremacy. It was more direct competition with one another and “who could outshine who” for dominance in the business rather than reliance on the one huge star or the mercy of those backstage pulling the strings that determined “the man”.

WrestleMania 12 was the first WrestleMania that I got my dad to get for me for my birthday. I was eight years old and wanted to see the Iron Man Match between Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart.

While watching the event, a lesser match on the card caught my attention. It was the Ultimate Warrior vs. then supreme jobber Hunter Hearst HelmsleyOh how quickly times change. Though it was a squash match, the female valet accompanying HHH to the ring caught my attention. Here and then the wrestling world was introduced to the woman they called “Sable.”

After the events of that night unfolded, we were left wondering who was this woman and what role would she play in the WWF.

Almost with that introduction, it was as if a changing of the guard was taking place.

 

We wanted to know more about that beautiful woman. More questions, more mystery.

The WWF was slowly transforming itself from the family-friendly show to a more TV-14, mature audience one.

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Sable in her classic look during her first WWE run

Rocky Maivia turned from baby-face Samoan good guy to the cocky, villainous Rock.

Hunter Hearst Helmsey went from Greenwich snob to HBK’s bad boy sidekick. 

Almost as if the audience dictated the content of the show with their concurrent and projected adolescent (and hormonal) desires.

Hence, the Attitude Era was born which would shape everything we know and love about pro wrestling.

For the male wrestlers, it meant violent bloody matches, weapons used from ringside and swearing like it was nobody’s business. It was Montreal Screw-job, Stone Cold Steve Austin just whooped your ass and the People’s Elbow at its finest.

For the girls, it meant sex, sex and more sex. We wanted to see more of the women in a sexual way, more than just a good daddy’s little girl.

 

But what prompted it all this change? For that answer, we take a look at Sable.

Diva? What’s a Diva?

In fact, Sable coined this term for herself and subsequently all the women in the WWE at a RAW in 1999.

Thus christened an era.

She embodied everything the first Diva would: Wrestling ability and supreme looks. She was truly the total package.

And in my view, she wasn’t just good looking, she was the BEST looking.

Sable was first introduced to the WWE as Marc Mero’s valet. When the fans (and I’m referring specifically to the male ones), began to take notice of her..ahem assets, her popularity grew and her role changed to fit the demand. People were watching RAW not only for the wrestling drama but to see what she would do (or wear). It was the start of using female sex appeal to draw fans.

She turned from gorgeous female valet who never spoke to providing some of the most shocking in ring moments that we know today from women in the WWE.

 

Who can forget Fully Loaded 1998, when she wore a potato sack into the ring before taking it off to reveal her entry into the first-ever bikini contest against Jaqueline—two handprints Hollywood Walk of Fame-Style imprinted on her breasts.

Exposing her bare breasts live on a WWF pay-per-view?

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First Playboy Cover

Yup, definitely a first at the time.

She was also a formidable female wrestler for her time, winning the WWF Women’s Championship during her first run, becoming only the second Women’s Champion of the the re-introduction of the belt. Her finisher was a power bomb, a very strong move for a female to perform, and she called her version’s The Sable Bomb.

Her presence created a demand for women competitors again in the WWE, more as duel package of wrestling and looks rather than looks alone. This drove the demand for the re-introduction of the Women’s belt.

She also appeared in four WrestleManias, competing in three of them. She successfully defended her Women’s title against Tori in WrestleMania XV.

Her ability to reinvent herself multiple times during her two stints in the WWE speaks volume to her talents as well.

 

She bravely came back to the WWE for a second stint after a messy fallout with Vince McMahon the first time around. Yet, she was still popular as ever and it was if she never left in the first place. She was in the top feuds against Stephanie McMahon, Dawn Marie and Torrie Wilson in her part deux.

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Sable and Torrie Wilson

Among her many firsts, one of her most notable feats (and to the delight of many male fans), Sable was first WWE diva to appear on the cover of Playboy.

She appeared in popular men’s magazine three times. Twice in 1999 and in 2004 when she shared a spread with other WWE hottie Torrie Wilson, another first. When she appeared in the magazine the first time in April 1999, sales were so high in some places that they had to redistribute copies from other areas to meet demand. That issue was one of the most popular of all time in Playboy’s history.

In addition, Sable has shown her talents to the world outside the ring into movies and TV, with roles in productions like Pacific Blue, Relic Hunter and Corky Romano.

Sable was a pioneer. She defined an era in the WWF. Easily in the most popular era of the WWE and when the WWE was at its peak, Its star female was Sable. Arugably the most lusted WWE Diva of her time. The winner and first real WWE Diva is Sable.

Thank you for reading.

You can check out my competition’s piece here.

Article source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/751812-cvc-20-who-was-the-real-first-wwe-diva-sable-or-sunny

WWE RAW Results (6/27)

Posted by Kari on June 28, 2011 under FUW News | Comments are off for this article

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This past Friday night the Wolfpac came under a lot of punishment from the British Invasion. Alberto Del-Rio went one-on-one with ‘The Pope’ D’Angelo Dinero and in a huge main event we had The Icon Sting take on the World’s Largest Athlete the Big Show! Click HERE to read an awesome episode of June 24th’s KWF Impact SmackDown!

Ladies and gentlemen welcome to Monday Night RAW! Tonight the WWE promises you a number of surprises as we leave the show to the hands of fate and the return of the RAW Roulette. Yes we’re in Las Vegas, Navada and RAW begins with Booker T. spinning the RAW Roulette backstage. Booker’s all suited and booted, smartly dressed to oversee proceeding’s here tonight.

Live in the main arena we have the entrance of the Heart-Break Kid Shawn Michaels! Michaels comes to the ring under a huge ovation from the fans. Mr WrestleMania and more importantly, Mr Hall-Of-Fame says that he’s tried his hardest, but it’s just too gosh darn hard to stay away. Michaels says that he’s missed being in the ring and of course we ol’ HBK misses the spotlight. Shawn jokes about shameless plugs (MacMillan River Adventures) and points out his Twitter on the screen – @ShawnMichaels_ – and don’t forget his great pal @farook112. Michaels is interrupted by the entrance of CM Punk and the New Nexus. Punk wonders why Michaels is here and he tells him that in just a few weeks he intends to do what Michaels didn’t and leave the WWE, on a win, and take with him the WWE Championship. Punk questions the audience and wonders why they cheer a has-been like Michaels, yet don’t beg the ‘future’ in CM Punk to stay in the WWE. Michaels says that the reason that the fans cheer him over Punk is that they know he’s better than Punk is. An arguement ensues where Punk questions the man that Michaels has become, but HBK then answers with Sweet Chin Music to David Otunga! The fans cheer at the top of their lungs as Punk declares that this is the biggest mistake of Shawn Michaels life. *BLEEP* *BLEEP* the annonymous RAW GM chimes in and (through Cole) says that the final three weeks of Punk’s WWE career are going to count for something on Monday night RAW and Punk’s going to wrestle in the first RAW Roulette match tonight. We cut to Booker T. backstage who shows us some of the matches available tonight for RAW Roulette – including a Special Referee’s match and a Pillow Fight match! Book spins the RAW Roulette and the needle lands on ‘?’ Booker says that means that Punk faces a mystery opponent and that opponent is the Big Red Machine Kane! Punk can’t believe it and he’s left on his own because Shawn Michaels Sweet Chins Michael McGillicutty before exiting. It’s Punk vs. Kane Live, next!

CM Punk vs. Kane

RAW Roulette Mystery Opponent match (Kane).

Kane dominates from the outset, but after booing him moments ago against HBK, the fans now chant Punk’s name. Kane decks the leader of teh New Nexus and gets Two on the cover before cornering Punk and taking it to him fist with a number of corner clotheslines and then a nice Side-walk Slam and that gets Two on the cover. Kane stes for an early chokeslam, but Punk kicks right upside Kane’s head and this gains him control of the match. Punk goes at Kane as much as he can, but the Big Red Monster is strong in uppercutting Punk back down to the canvas. Michael Cole and Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler talk us through why Punk would want to leave WWE. Cole says that perhaps he feels underapreciated by his peers and the WWE Universe. King says that this is his own fault. As the discussion goes on, Punk decides to exit the ring and walk out of the match. He exits up the ramp and to the back. Kane wins via Count-out.

Winner by way of Count-out: Kane.

Tonight we will have Big Show vs. Alberto Del-Rio and John Cena vs. R-Truth – both matches are to be stiplulated by RAW Roulette!

Sin Cara vs. Evan Bourne

RAW Roulette stipulation as decided by Eve Torres’ spin alongside Booker T. backstage: a No Count-out match.

The comms discuss the popularity of both these superstars as Bourne and Cara exchange on the canvas early on. They drop to the outside and under mutual respect come back in to amp up the velocity and gets this airial game going. Bourne is befalled to ringside and Cara suicide dives all the way to ringside. Cara’s in control, but Bourne comes back with an awesome headscissors and that leads to Bourne getting some control and getting Two on a crucifix pin in the ring. Bourne continues with the covers, but he cannot put Sin Cara away. This leads to a slip-up and Sin Cara comes off the ropes to perform a springboard backsplash on Bourne and that also gets him Two. Bourne comes back to deck Cara and land a standing splash. This leads to an attempted 450 Splash from off the top ropes, but Cara moves and comes back with an amazing headscissor face-splat (there’s no name stated for the move by the comms) and that gets Sin Cara the One, Two, Three.

Winner: Sin Cara.

Sin Cara celebrates a great match-up as the comms review the action.

Backstage Booker is with Kofi Kingston. This here will determine what kind of match Kofi will have next with Dolph Ziggler. Vickie Guerrero comes onto the scene and she spins the wheel. It lands on ‘Players choice’ and so Kofi is allowed to name the stipulation for the match. He says he wants what he should have had at Capitol Punishment, a match with Dolph Ziggler one-on-one – Kofi stipulates that Vickie is banned from ringside!

RAW Money  In The Bank ladder match at WWE’s next Pay-Per-View, Money In The Bank, competitors are announced: Kofi Kingston, Rey Mysterio, Evan Bourne, Alberto Del-Rio, R-Truth, Jack Swagger, Alex Riley The Miz will fight it out for the Money In The Bank briefcase.

Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler

RAW Roulette Player’s Choice match: Kofi Stipulates ‘No Vickie at ringside!’

Vickie enters to introduce her client, but she’s guided away by referee’s because she’s not even allowed to do that. It’s finally one on one between Ziggler and Kingston. The bout opens pretty even, but Kingston gets control to clobber Ziggler to ringside and then body slam him on the protective mat. Kofi’s sets to send Dolph into the ring-post, but Ziggler reverses it and Kingston takes the punishment as we go in and out of commercials. Ziggler’s in control as we come back and the comms tell us that Kofi barely made it back into the ring during the break. Kofi fights back as much as he can in the ring, but Dolph performs the fame-asser only to get Two on the cover. Ziggler continues pressure on Kofi’s discombobulated head, but Kingston fights back. This only leads to further animosity by Dolph and he neckbreakers Kofi down for Two on the count. Dolph gets Kingston to his feet, but this turns out to be a mistake because Kofi counters his attack into a pinning predicament. Kofi gets Two, but Dolph remains in control, and he tries to throw Kofi out of the ring but Kingston just rebounds off the ropes only to clobber the United States Champion down with Trouble In Paradise!

Winner: Kofi Kingston.

Backstage Booker T. is with Maryse by the Roulette wheel, reliving the rollercoaster that we’ve been on so far tonight. Alberto Del-Rio comes onto the scene asking why he has to face Big Show again seen as he already beat him at Capitol Punishment. Book says he doesn’t make the matches, only who makes the spins and Book intends to spin for this on, but then Del-Rio flirts with Maryse and gets her to spin the wheel… Steel Cage match! Booker laughs as Del-Rio fumes at Maryse. Del-Rio vs. Big Show in a Steel Cage next!

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Alberto Del-Rio vs Big Show

RAW Roulette: Steel Cage match.

The comms wonder about Big Show’s health after his latest quite literal run-ins with the World’s Strongest Man Mark Henry. He may not be 100% fit, but he’s making up for it in confidence as he gets in the ring fully pumped up to get his hands on Alberto Del-Rio. Show begins the match predictably on top, slaughtering Del-Rio into the steel structure. Del-Rio is quicker than Show though and he dropkicks Show’s knee to send him head first into the middle turnbuckle. Del-Rio then sets to grind away at Big Show’s previously injured leg, the same leg that he ran over last month. Del-Rio continues the pressure as Mark Henry makes his way down toward ringside. Del-Rio is impressive in keeping Big Show grounded as Show glances toward Mark Henry. Del-Rio sets himself to escape the cage, but Show grabs him and he climbs to the middle turnbuckle to land an excellent superplex on his opponent. Both men are down as Mark Henry decides to rip the cage door off it’s hinges! Henry takes the door into the ring. Henry attacks Show while Del-Rio escapes the cage through the gap of the former door to win the match.

Winner: Alberto Del-Rio.

After the match Mark Henry picks his spot to run at Show with the cage door in hand. Show’s by the ring apron and Henry’s brute force sends Big Show through the cage structure and Big Show lands crashing at ringside! Goodness what impact, the fans cry ‘Holy Sh*t’ as Henry bad-mouths the fallen Show. Medics and security come to help the World’s Largest Athlete. 

Kelly Kelly vs. Nikki Bella w/ Brie Bella

RAW Roulette via Booker’s spin stipulates that this will be a Submission match.

The comms tell us that the annonymous RAW General Manager has granted Brie Bella a rematch for the Diva’s Title at WWE’s next pay-per-view Money In The Bank. Brie Bella thwarts Kelly down early, locking her arm to grind her into the canvas, but Kelly soon comes back to get Nikki in a Boston (or Jacksonville) Crab and Nikki taps out.

Winner by way of Submission: Kelly Kelly.

After the match there’s no time for celebration as Nikki and Brie both attack the new Diva’s Champ. Eve Torres comes down to even the numbers and the Bella’s retreat up the ramp. Great victory in a submission match by Kelly Kelly.

We’re shown a video package focussing on Andy Leavine’s winning of WWE Tough Enough. We hear from trainer’s etc that talk of Leavine’s potential, but now it’s time to get to some real work. The hard road begins here, now that he’s signed to the WWE.

Booker T.’s backstage with Rey Mysterio and the wheel’s spinned to reveal Tornado match. Rey Riley vs. Swagger The Miz all four guys in the ring at one time! Rey exits to go get ready and oh snap, Diamond Dallas Page is in the house! Page promo’s WWE’s new DVD, The Very Best of Nitro! Booker and Page reminice a little, but Drew McIntyre comes onto the scene to threaten Book and Page. Shawn Michaels comes in to Sweet Chin Drew Mc! Shawn says that he’s never seen any of Nitro, he was kinda busy on Monday night’s. Shawn exits as Booker and Dallas stand insulted.

The Miz Jack Swagger vs. Alex Riley Rey Mysterio

RAW Roulette stipulation: Tornado Tag match.

This contest is all over the place as Miz and Riley fight at ringside and Swagger and Rey go at it in the ring. Swagger performs a backbreaker and sets up to connect with an early Swagger-bomb. Out on the floor Miz boots Riley down, but back in the ring there’s a mis-cue and Swagger and Miz bump one another. Riley and Mysterio work well together to keep up the pressure as Rey then decks Swagger to ringside before diving off the ring apron at him and Riley performs a hip-toss on Miz right off the top turnbuckle as we go in and out of commercials. Jack Swagger and Miz have control of the match, dumping Rey Mysterio out of the ring and concentrating on Alex Riley. Rey comes back in to fly at Swagger, but the All-American American catches him and dumps him torso first across Miz’s knee, but they only get Two on the cover. The domination continues as the fans chant ’6-1-9′, but Rey and Riley find it difficult to get any momentum. Miz takes Mysterio up for a superplex, but no dice as Rey flings him off to eventually go flying back in the ring at both Miz and Jack Swagger. The action goes on as Rey gets within a split-second of pinning Miz. He then sets Miz up for a 6-1-9, but Swagger pulls Rey to ringside with an interception. Alex Riley spinebusts Swagger as Swagger gets back in the ring, but that leads to further chaos as Miz breaks the pin attempt. The contest continues back and forth with Miz and Riley befallsing to ringside. Rey Mysterio is back in the action against Swagger and Rey dials it up, but Swagger catches him to put on an ankle lock. Miz continues the pressure, but Riley makes the save and Rey then does manage to get a 6-1-9  on Swagger. Then comes a DDT by Riley and a splash by Mysterio for the One, Two, Three.

Winners: Rey Mysterio Alex Riley.

Backstage we see R-Truth talking to himself by Booker T. and the RAW Roulette wheel. Truth spins the wheel and it lands on ‘Tables’! Truth says that tonight John Cena is gon’ get got! Truth talks to an imaginary little Jimmy and Book gets a little scared so he leaves the scene.

R-Truth vs. John Cena

RAW Roulette Tables match.

Truth is on top from the outset much like he was at Capitol Punishment. The fans are devided as per usual on their views of Cena. The WWE Champ fisherman suplex’s Truth over in the ring and he then goes to ringside to try for a table. Before he can even get one set, Truth’s right on Cena’s heels at ringside and he takes the Champ back into the ring. The contest continues with plenty of tables at ringside, but the action stays in the ring. Truth evades an attempted Attitude Adjustment and he thwarts Cena in the ring to allow himself time to go get a table. He brings it into the ring and sets it in the corner. This gives Cena time to recover though and Cena reverses a suplex to make sure he’s not the one that goes through a table. Once back up, Truth runs at Cena by the ropes only for John to tilt the rope down and Truth falls to ringside. The action continues as Cena decks Truth into the steel steps before going to get himself another table. Cena sets it up in the ring and AA’s R-Truth, but rushing comes CM Punk to move the wood and all Truth gets is canvas. Cena is fuming and he goes at Punk to drag him into the ring, but by now Truth’s back up and he spears Cena through the table that he’d set up in the corner earlier.

Winner: R-Truth.

CM Punk is wearring a Stone Cold Steve Austin t-shirt by the way and after the match, he gets on mic to sit cross-legged atop the stage. He says that in the last few weeks he has remaining, Punk’s going to get a few things off his chest. Punk says that he doesn’t hate Cena, he just hates the idea that Cena is ‘the best’. Punk says that he’s the best wrestler in the world. Not ‘kiss-asses’ like Hulk Hogan, John Cena or The Rock. Punk says that he’s a wrestler, the best one in the world and Punk states that on the mic, in the ring, even on commentary he’s the best in the world. Punk talks about how he’s not the face of anything, but the fact of the matter is that he should be. Punk says that the fact that Dwayne (The Rock) is in the main event of WrestleMania next year makes him sick. He says that the fans are a much a part of it as anyone else. The fans buy the programs, they buy the t-shirts, but none of them are CM Punk’s. He says that this is not sour grapes and he’s just laying down some facts here. He says that he’s going to leave with the WWE Championship on July 17th. Maybe he’ll go to New Japan Pro Wrestling, maybe he’ll go back to Ring Of Honor. Punk says that he’d like to think that WWE will be better after Vince McMahon’s dead, but it won’t happen because WWE’s going to get taken over by Stephanie McMahon and Triple H. Punk goes on to say some more, insulting the McMahon family, but his mic is cut off and RAW closes out.

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Posted by: Farook Razak of WrestlingNewsSource.com on Jun 27 2011

Ladies and gentlemen welcome to Monday Night RAW! Tonight the WWE promises you a number of surprises as we leave the show to the hands of fate and the return of the RAW Roulette. Yes we’re in Las Vegas, Navada and RAW begins with Booker T. spinning the RAW Roulette backstage. Booker’s all suited and booted, smartly dressed to oversee proceeding’s here tonight.

Live in the main arena we have the entrance of the Heart-Break Kid Shawn Michaels! Michaels comes to the ring under a huge ovation from the fans. Mr WrestleMania and more importantly, Mr Hall-Of-Fame says that he’s tried his hardest, but it’s just too gosh darn hard to stay away. Michaels says that he’s missed being in the ring and of course we ol’ HBK misses the spotlight. Shawn jokes about shameless plugs (MacMillan River Adventures) and points out his Twitter on the screen – @ShawnMichaels_ – and don’t forget his great pal @farook112. Michaels is interrupted by the entrance of CM Punk and the New Nexus. Punk wonders why Michaels is here and he tells him that in just a few weeks he intends to do what Michaels didn’t and leave the WWE, on a win, and take with him the WWE Championship. Punk questions the audience and wonders why they cheer a has-been like Michaels, yet don’t beg the ‘future’ in CM Punk to stay in the WWE. Michaels says that the reason that the fans cheer him over Punk is that they know he’s better than Punk is. An arguement ensues where Punk questions the man that Michaels has become, but HBK then answers with Sweet Chin Music to David Otunga! The fans cheer at the top of their lungs as Punk declares that this is the biggest mistake of Shawn Michaels life. *BLEEP* *BLEEP* the annonymous RAW GM chimes in and (through Cole) says that the final three weeks of Punk’s WWE career are going to count for something on Monday night RAW and Punk’s going to wrestle in the first RAW Roulette match tonight. We cut to Booker T. backstage who shows us some of the matches available tonight for RAW Roulette – including a Special Referee’s match and a Pillow Fight match! Book spins the RAW Roulette and the needle lands on ‘?’ Booker says that means that Punk faces a mystery opponent and that opponent is the Big Red Machine Kane! Punk can’t believe it and he’s left on his own because Shawn Michaels Sweet Chins Michael McGillicutty before exiting. It’s Punk vs. Kane Live, next!

CM Punk vs. Kane

RAW Roulette Mystery Opponent match (Kane).

Kane dominates from the outset, but after booing him moments ago against HBK, the fans now chant Punk’s name. Kane decks the leader of teh New Nexus and gets Two on the cover before cornering Punk and taking it to him fist with a number of corner clotheslines and then a nice Side-walk Slam and that gets Two on the cover. Kane stes for an early chokeslam, but Punk kicks right upside Kane’s head and this gains him control of the match. Punk goes at Kane as much as he can, but the Big Red Monster is strong in uppercutting Punk back down to the canvas. Michael Cole and Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler talk us through why Punk would want to leave WWE. Cole says that perhaps he feels underapreciated by his peers and the WWE Universe. King says that this is his own fault. As the discussion goes on, Punk decides to exit the ring and walk out of the match. He exits up the ramp and to the back. Kane wins via Count-out.

Winner by way of Count-out: Kane.

Tonight we will have Big Show vs. Alberto Del-Rio and John Cena vs. R-Truth – both matches are to be stiplulated by RAW Roulette!

Sin Cara vs. Evan Bourne

RAW Roulette stipulation as decided by Eve Torres’ spin alongside Booker T. backstage: a No Count-out match.

The comms discuss the popularity of both these superstars as Bourne and Cara exchange on the canvas early on. They drop to the outside and under mutual respect come back in to amp up the velocity and gets this airial game going. Bourne is befalled to ringside and Cara suicide dives all the way to ringside. Cara’s in control, but Bourne comes back with an awesome headscissors and that leads to Bourne getting some control and getting Two on a crucifix pin in the ring. Bourne continues with the covers, but he cannot put Sin Cara away. This leads to a slip-up and Sin Cara comes off the ropes to perform a springboard backsplash on Bourne and that also gets him Two. Bourne comes back to deck Cara and land a standing splash. This leads to an attempted 450 Splash from off the top ropes, but Cara moves and comes back with an amazing headscissor face-splat (there’s no name stated for the move by the comms) and that gets Sin Cara the One, Two, Three.

Winner: Sin Cara.

Sin Cara celebrates a great match-up as the comms review the action.

Backstage Booker is with Kofi Kingston. This here will determine what kind of match Kofi will have next with Dolph Ziggler. Vickie Guerrero comes onto the scene and she spins the wheel. It lands on ‘Players choice’ and so Kofi is allowed to name the stipulation for the match. He says he wants what he should have had at Capitol Punishment, a match with Dolph Ziggler one-on-one – Kofi stipulates that Vickie is banned from ringside!

RAW Money  In The Bank ladder match at WWE’s next Pay-Per-View, Money In The Bank, competitors are announced: Kofi Kingston, Rey Mysterio, Evan Bourne, Alberto Del-Rio, R-Truth, Jack Swagger, Alex Riley The Miz will fight it out for the Money In The Bank briefcase.

Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler

RAW Roulette Player’s Choice match: Kofi Stipulates ‘No Vickie at ringside!’

Vickie enters to introduce her client, but she’s guided away by referee’s because she’s not even allowed to do that. It’s finally one on one between Ziggler and Kingston. The bout opens pretty even, but Kingston gets control to clobber Ziggler to ringside and then body slam him on the protective mat. Kofi’s sets to send Dolph into the ring-post, but Ziggler reverses it and Kingston takes the punishment as we go in and out of commercials. Ziggler’s in control as we come back and the comms tell us that Kofi barely made it back into the ring during the break. Kofi fights back as much as he can in the ring, but Dolph performs the fame-asser only to get Two on the cover. Ziggler continues pressure on Kofi’s discombobulated head, but Kingston fights back. This only leads to further animosity by Dolph and he neckbreakers Kofi down for Two on the count. Dolph gets Kingston to his feet, but this turns out to be a mistake because Kofi counters his attack into a pinning predicament. Kofi gets Two, but Dolph remains in control, and he tries to throw Kofi out of the ring but Kingston just rebounds off the ropes only to clobber the United States Champion down with Trouble In Paradise!

Winner: Kofi Kingston.

Backstage Booker T. is with Maryse by the Roulette wheel, reliving the rollercoaster that we’ve been on so far tonight. Alberto Del-Rio comes onto the scene asking why he has to face Big Show again seen as he already beat him at Capitol Punishment. Book says he doesn’t make the matches, only who makes the spins and Book intends to spin for this on, but then Del-Rio flirts with Maryse and gets her to spin the wheel… Steel Cage match! Booker laughs as Del-Rio fumes at Maryse. Del-Rio vs. Big Show in a Steel Cage next!

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Alberto Del-Rio vs Big Show

RAW Roulette: Steel Cage match.

The comms wonder about Big Show’s health after his latest quite literal run-ins with the World’s Strongest Man Mark Henry. He may not be 100% fit, but he’s making up for it in confidence as he gets in the ring fully pumped up to get his hands on Alberto Del-Rio. Show begins the match predictably on top, slaughtering Del-Rio into the steel structure. Del-Rio is quicker than Show though and he dropkicks Show’s knee to send him head first into the middle turnbuckle. Del-Rio then sets to grind away at Big Show’s previously injured leg, the same leg that he ran over last month. Del-Rio continues the pressure as Mark Henry makes his way down toward ringside. Del-Rio is impressive in keeping Big Show grounded as Show glances toward Mark Henry. Del-Rio sets himself to escape the cage, but Show grabs him and he climbs to the middle turnbuckle to land an excellent superplex on his opponent. Both men are down as Mark Henry decides to rip the cage door off it’s hinges! Henry takes the door into the ring. Henry attacks Show while Del-Rio escapes the cage through the gap of the former door to win the match.

Winner: Alberto Del-Rio.

After the match Mark Henry picks his spot to run at Show with the cage door in hand. Show’s by the ring apron and Henry’s brute force sends Big Show through the cage structure and Big Show lands crashing at ringside! Goodness what impact, the fans cry ‘Holy Sh*t’ as Henry bad-mouths the fallen Show. Medics and security come to help the World’s Largest Athlete. 

Kelly Kelly vs. Nikki Bella w/ Brie Bella

RAW Roulette via Booker’s spin stipulates that this will be a Submission match.

The comms tell us that the annonymous RAW General Manager has granted Brie Bella a rematch for the Diva’s Title at WWE’s next pay-per-view Money In The Bank. Brie Bella thwarts Kelly down early, locking her arm to grind her into the canvas, but Kelly soon comes back to get Nikki in a Boston (or Jacksonville) Crab and Nikki taps out.

Winner by way of Submission: Kelly Kelly.

After the match there’s no time for celebration as Nikki and Brie both attack the new Diva’s Champ. Eve Torres comes down to even the numbers and the Bella’s retreat up the ramp. Great victory in a submission match by Kelly Kelly.

We’re shown a video package focussing on Andy Leavine’s winning of WWE Tough Enough. We hear from trainer’s etc that talk of Leavine’s potential, but now it’s time to get to some real work. The hard road begins here, now that he’s signed to the WWE.

Booker T.’s backstage with Rey Mysterio and the wheel’s spinned to reveal Tornado match. Rey Riley vs. Swagger The Miz all four guys in the ring at one time! Rey exits to go get ready and oh snap, Diamond Dallas Page is in the house! Page promo’s WWE’s new DVD, The Very Best of Nitro! Booker and Page reminice a little, but Drew McIntyre comes onto the scene to threaten Book and Page. Shawn Michaels comes in to Sweet Chin Drew Mc! Shawn says that he’s never seen any of Nitro, he was kinda busy on Monday night’s. Shawn exits as Booker and Dallas stand insulted.

The Miz Jack Swagger vs. Alex Riley Rey Mysterio

RAW Roulette stipulation: Tornado Tag match.

This contest is all over the place as Miz and Riley fight at ringside and Swagger and Rey go at it in the ring. Swagger performs a backbreaker and sets up to connect with an early Swagger-bomb. Out on the floor Miz boots Riley down, but back in the ring there’s a mis-cue and Swagger and Miz bump one another. Riley and Mysterio work well together to keep up the pressure as Rey then decks Swagger to ringside before diving off the ring apron at him and Riley performs a hip-toss on Miz right off the top turnbuckle as we go in and out of commercials. Jack Swagger and Miz have control of the match, dumping Rey Mysterio out of the ring and concentrating on Alex Riley. Rey comes back in to fly at Swagger, but the All-American American catches him and dumps him torso first across Miz’s knee, but they only get Two on the cover. The domination continues as the fans chant ’6-1-9′, but Rey and Riley find it difficult to get any momentum. Miz takes Mysterio up for a superplex, but no dice as Rey flings him off to eventually go flying back in the ring at both Miz and Jack Swagger. The action goes on as Rey gets within a split-second of pinning Miz. He then sets Miz up for a 6-1-9, but Swagger pulls Rey to ringside with an interception. Alex Riley spinebusts Swagger as Swagger gets back in the ring, but that leads to further chaos as Miz breaks the pin attempt. The contest continues back and forth with Miz and Riley befallsing to ringside. Rey Mysterio is back in the action against Swagger and Rey dials it up, but Swagger catches him to put on an ankle lock. Miz continues the pressure, but Riley makes the save and Rey then does manage to get a 6-1-9  on Swagger. Then comes a DDT by Riley and a splash by Mysterio for the One, Two, Three.

Winners: Rey Mysterio Alex Riley.

Backstage we see R-Truth talking to himself by Booker T. and the RAW Roulette wheel. Truth spins the wheel and it lands on ‘Tables’! Truth says that tonight John Cena is gon’ get got! Truth talks to an imaginary little Jimmy and Book gets a little scared so he leaves the scene.

R-Truth vs. John Cena

RAW Roulette Tables match.

Truth is on top from the outset much like he was at Capitol Punishment. The fans are devided as per usual on their views of Cena. The WWE Champ fisherman suplex’s Truth over in the ring and he then goes to ringside to try for a table. Before he can even get one set, Truth’s right on Cena’s heels at ringside and he takes the Champ back into the ring. The contest continues with plenty of tables at ringside, but the action stays in the ring. Truth evades an attempted Attitude Adjustment and he thwarts Cena in the ring to allow himself time to go get a table. He brings it into the ring and sets it in the corner. This gives Cena time to recover though and Cena reverses a suplex to make sure he’s not the one that goes through a table. Once back up, Truth runs at Cena by the ropes only for John to tilt the rope down and Truth falls to ringside. The action continues as Cena decks Truth into the steel steps before going to get himself another table. Cena sets it up in the ring and AA’s R-Truth, but rushing comes CM Punk to move the wood and all Truth gets is canvas. Cena is fuming and he goes at Punk to drag him into the ring, but by now Truth’s back up and he spears Cena through the table that he’d set up in the corner earlier.

Winner: R-Truth.

CM Punk is wearring a Stone Cold Steve Austin t-shirt by the way and after the match, he gets on mic to sit cross-legged atop the stage. He says that in the last few weeks he has remaining, Punk’s going to get a few things off his chest. Punk says that he doesn’t hate Cena, he just hates the idea that Cena is ‘the best’. Punk says that he’s the best wrestler in the world. Not ‘kiss-asses’ like Hulk Hogan, John Cena or The Rock. Punk says that he’s a wrestler, the best one in the world and Punk states that on the mic, in the ring, even on commentary he’s the best in the world. Punk talks about how he’s not the face of anything, but the fact of the matter is that he should be. Punk says that the fact that Dwayne (The Rock) is in the main event of WrestleMania next year makes him sick. He says that the fans are a much a part of it as anyone else. The fans buy the programs, they buy the t-shirts, but none of them are CM Punk’s. He says that this is not sour grapes and he’s just laying down some facts here. He says that he’s going to leave with the WWE Championship on July 17th. Maybe he’ll go to New Japan Pro Wrestling, maybe he’ll go back to Ring Of Honor. Punk says that he’d like to think that WWE will be better after Vince McMahon’s dead, but it won’t happen because WWE’s going to get taken over by Stephanie McMahon and Triple H. Punk goes on to say some more, insulting the McMahon family, but his mic is cut off and RAW closes out.

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CvC Play-in 2.0: Who Is the Greatest Japanese Wrestler of All Time?

Posted by Joe Wrestling on June 27, 2011 under FUW News | Comments are off for this article

When people think of pro wrestling, what generally comes to mind is flashy tights, steel chairs and over the top characters, but that is far from all wrestling is.

Wrestling is a world wide passion for millions of people, maybe even billions. Almost every developed country features pro wrestling either on TV or live in person. One country that has stood out over the decades as a place for high quality wrestling is Japan.

Japan has not only churned out some of the world’s best pro wrestlers but has also served as a training ground for many other stars from different countries to hone their skills.

Guys like Daniel Bryan, Evan Bourne, Bret Hart, Ric Flair and Chris Jericho have spent significant time in Japan. Former WWE star MVP is currently defending his Intercontinental Championsip in Japan and has said on numerous occasions that he loves it.

The land of the rising sun has certainly helped the world of pro wrestling by providing some amazing talents, but which wrestler stand out as the greatest?

While this topic may be debated among many, there is only one name that stands out to yours truly, Antonio Inoki.

Born Kanji Inoki, he later changed his name to Antonio in an homage to Antonio Rocca, a legend in his own right.

I could sit here and list all of Inoki’s accomplishments to prove why I believe why he is the best Japanese Wrestler of all time, but when push comes to shove, he didn’t hold as many titles as some others so his records alone will not support this argument.

I will instead focus on the things that made him great both in and out of the ring.

Inoki was first and foremost an athlete. He competed in Track and Field events while in high school and even went on to win his High School Championship in Shot put.

After moving to Brazil in his teen years he went on to win the All Brazilian Championships in both Shot put and Discus Throw.

Upon his return to Japan in 1960 he joined the Japan Wrestling Association with his mentor Rikidōzan.  Over the next 11 years Inoki competed with several Japanese promotions including Tokyo Pro Wrestling in the late ’60s.

Inoki’s father was a politician before passing, and like his father before him, Inoki had a need to be recognized as the best.

During his time in JWA he faced off against then WWF Champion Bruno Sammartino in a tag team match. Sammartino has stated that during the match Inoki tried to “shoot” on him, meaning he applied a real submission hold trying to show dominance over the WWF Champion.

Sammartino powered out of the hold, beat Inoki bloody and threw him out of the ring. These claims have never been confirmed or denied by Inoki, but this kind of thing happened far more often back then, so it would not surprise me if it was true.

After being fired for trying to take over JWA Inoki founded the New Japan Pro Wrestling promotion in 1971. His first match in the promotion was against his real life friend and legend Karl Gotch. Gotch later trained Inoki and several other wrestlers to incorporate martial arts moves along with wrestling.

NJPW held events that would see MMA fights on the same card as wrestling matches, and these events were seen as a precursor for todays MMA events, despite the fact that almost all of the MMA bouts were worked or planned in advance.

In 1978, Vince McMahon created the WWF World Martial Arts Heavyweight Championship, and awarded it to Inoki as part of the two brands union.  The belt was mainly used in Japan to further expand the WWF brand into the world wide market.

Inoki held onto the belt after the WWF and NJPW severed their ties in 1985, and he eventually lost the title to Shota Chochishvili after having held the belt an incredible 11 years. He gained the title back a month later and eventually changed the name of the belt to the Greatest 18 Championship.  This title would be retired by The Great Muta in 1992.

In 1976, Antonio Inoki made a monumental move for his promotion by getting Muhammed Ali to compete in a Boxer vs MMA match in Japan.

Inoki had promised the match would be a work, but Ali and his managers were afraid that Inoki would turn the match into a shoot in an attempt to look like the top fighter in the world. To avoid this, several rules were put in place that limited what moves could be performed.

The bout ended in a 3-3 draw, with Ali leaving the event without a press conference or interview. It was said that Ali suffered a couple leg injuries as a result of Inoki kicking him several times during the match.

Later on that same year Inoki would go on to defeat WWF Champion Bob Backlund for the title in an unprecedented move. The title had never changed hands off American soil at that point.

After a rematch was declared a no contest, Inoki vacated the belt, leaving the WWF with no champion. Backlund regained the title on Dec. 12 in a Texas Death Match with Bobby Duncum. Inoki’s reign has never been officially recognized by WWF due to him refusing to keep the title.

Another one of Inoki’s standout moments from his amazing career was his attendance record setting event in Pyongyang, North Korea. The North Korean Government and ther Japanese government came to an agreement and held a two-day event in the May Day Stadium.

The two-day event drew 150,000 and 190,000 fans respectively. The second day would showcase the one and only match between Ric Flair and Antonio Inoki. Inoki came out on top and both men have stated that this match was one of the top highlights of their career.

After retiring in 1998 Inoki was inducted into the WCW hall of fame in 1995, the NJPW equivelant to their hall of fame in 2007 and the WWE hall of fame in 2010.  Inoki made history by being the first Japanese born wrestler to make it into the WWF’s hall.

Inoki has also had an impact in the entertainment industry as well. He appeared as himself in a cameo for the 1979 movie Bad News Bears Go To Japan where he was looking for Ali for a rematch in the story. He has also appeared in the Manga and Anime series Tiger Mask, being the only person to defeat Tiger Mask in the series.

Inoki has been called one of the greatest of all time by many people before, but I would make the argument that he is definitely the greatest Japanese wrestler of all time.

I encourage anyone to go and read more about Inoki because he led an interesting life to say the least.

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(WWE) Update on a New WWE Diva, Chavo Guerrero News, Kelly on Winning Divas Title – TWNP

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- A few hours before WWE announced his release, Chavo Guerrero wrote the following online: “Guerrero’s have always been rebels, so It’s time for me to start being a Guerrero..Big news coming a bit later..stay tuned!”

- WWE Divas Champion Kelly Kelly was interviewed by WWE.com about her recent title win. Here’s what she said about returning backstage after the match:

“The Divas were standing there by the locker room, waiting and clapping for me. Ive never been injured. Ive worked the live events five years straight with no real off weeks. Ive worked so hard for this, and I think the other Divas recognized that.

- It was reported earlier this month that Australian women’s wrestler Tenille Taylor had finished up her bookings in the country and was headed to FCW in Florida to begin training under her WWE developmental deal. Tenille is still in Australia as she’s been announced for a July 9th Melbourne City Wrestling show.

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Shawn Michaels returns to WWE Raw tonight, debuts on Outdoor Channel tomorrow

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Since WWE Hall Of Famer Shawn Michaels retired following last year’s Wrestlemania, the “Heartbreak Kid” has made a handful of televised appearances in a non-wrestling role.  Tonight on Raw on the USA Network, Michaels will make another of those appearances, as the show airs live from Las Vegas, Nevada.  Those hoping to see Michaels in action will be disappointed, as apart from the occasional superkick, he has stuck by his word to remain in retirement for over a year now (which in professional wrestling, is a miracle).  Still, it is always nice to see Michaels on WWE programming, and he has hardly been sitting on the porch watching the grass grow since leaving the ring.

An avid outdoorsman, Michaels will have his own program on the Outdoor Channel starting tomorrow, June 28th.  Shawn Michaels’ MacMillan River Adventures will see Michaels demonstrating his passion for hunting and fishing, something he has devoted a great deal of time to with his family in recent years.  Obviously, informing his longtime wrestling fans of his new project during Raw tonight should help bump up viewership for the debut of the program tomorrow.

From a wrestling perspective, Michaels appearing on Raw, following appearances in recent weeks by fellow Hall Of Famers Steve Austin and Rowdy Roddy Piper, has to be seen as a positive compared to who WWE was bringing on the show last year at this time.  WWE’s “guest host” slot, which was often filled by B-List celebrities (and that is being kind) did little to garner ratings, and often just resulted in groans from the audience.  Minimal mainstream press coverage apparently wasn’t enough of a tradeoff, so WWE ditched the idea.  This year, WWE’s guest stars have been wrestling legends, and to say fans are much happier with this arrangement is an understatement.

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Professional wrestling circuit hits Iowa City

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Professional wrestling circuit hits Iowa City

BY BEN SCHUFF | JUNE 27, 2011 7:20 AM

Fans cheered as the “Iowa Fight Song rang throughout the Wildwood Smokehouse Saloon on Sunday and professional wrestler Mike Pride stalked towards the ring, wearing black leather pants with the word “Pride” and a gold Tigerhawk logo printed down each leg.

Around 15 minutes into his match against Mick Wiqied, the wrestler found himself caught in a figure-four leg-lock. The crowd of roughly 70 chanted, “Let’s go Pride,” as he struggled to break free of the hold.

Even though he lost the match, Pride — whose real name is Mike Ray — said he’s living his dream.

“There’s nothing like coming out and having a bunch of people yelling for you and asking for your autograph,” Ray said. “It’s a feeling you don’t forget.”

Ray, 27, is in his fourth year with the Midwest Xtreme Wrestling Alliance. The Muscatine native has traveled throughout the eastern half of the state, wrestling in such towns as West Liberty, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, and his hometown.

But everything started on a trampoline in the backyard with his friends. Ray said 1998 was a starting point for what became the Midwest Xtreme Wrestling Alliance, a company he helped create.

By 2006, Ray and his friends were renting an actual ring from Impact Pro Wrestling. A Public Access channel in Muscatine televised the events for a while, giving them fans and exposure.

“It was a big process, going from a backyard of, like, 30 people to a building of 250 people,” Ray said. “A lot of the money came out of my own pocket. There were times when I lost money on shows, but I kept it going in hopes that it would find itself and grow — and it did.”

The current version of wrestling alliance wouldn’t be possible without owner Rod Blair. Now 45 years old, he started wrestling professionally in 1986, and occasionally grappled on TV with World Wrestling Entertainment earlier in his career.

He first came into contact with Ray when he was working with Impact Pro Wrestling and traveled to Muscatine to help set up a ring.

“They wanted to know if I would go down and wrestle in a show and help the guys out,” Blair said. “So I went to Muscatine and started helping out with Mike and co-promoting. I bought our own ring and got it all licensed with the state of Iowa.”

Around a year passed between the time Blair helped set up the ring to when Ray asked him to join as a business partner. Blair said he spent $5,000 on equipment in his first week of starting wrestling alliance after it was licensed — all out of his own bank account.

“Everything just kind of evolved over time,” Blair said.

While few original backyard wrestlers are now on the current roster, Blair and Ray try to get local talent in their ring. One of those is current wrestling alliance champion Carl Forgy, who wrestles under the name Owen Donovan.

Forgy, who has been with the company for three years, has several family members from around the Iowa City area. The natural fan attraction is one reason Blair likes having local talent.

“My past three years with wrestling alliance have been amazing,” Forgy said. “Rod has an invested interest in the up-and-coming talent. He spent a lot of time with us getting us where we wanted to go. He was definitely instrumental in me going as far as I’ve gone.”

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