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NWL to Present First Live Wrestling Events in KC, St. Louis in January, Supported by Major Ad Campaign

 

 

 

NWL’s multi-platform “Wrasslin’ with Character” campaign spotlights colorful wrestlers appearing at inaugural League shows at KC’s Scottish Rite Temple and the Casa Loma Ballroom in St. Louis.

Kansas City, Mo. (PRWEB) December 21, 2016

Startup pro wrestling company NWL, LLC recently launched “Wrasslin’ With Character,” a multi-platform marketing campaign introducing some of the larger-than-life personalities who will be appearing at the League’s inaugural NWL KC and NWL STL events in January.

Seven NWL stars, including “The Mile High Magnum” Dak Draper, 6-foot-6-inch survivalist Jack Foster, former NFL lockdown corner Ray Briggs, and wine connoisseur Niles Plonk, are featured in a series of indoor ads at bars and restaurants throughout both cities as well as at the Scottrade Center for all St. Louis Blues home games this season.

The Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts of NWL Corp, NWL KC and NWL STL are adding videos and photos daily that provide more in-depth looks at each grappler featured in the campaign.

The colorful character posters are complemented by humorous radio spots appearing in steady rotation on Kansas City stations 610 Sports, 810 WHB, Talk 980, 96.5 the Buzz, 98.9 the Rock and 101 the Fox, all designed to drive ticket sales to the NWL KC’s first show ever on Jan. 7 at the Scottish Rite Temple at 1330 Linwood Blvd.

NWL STL’s version of the “Wrasslin’ with Character” spots are now airing in St. Louis on 105.7 the Point, KSHE 95, and 92.3 WIL. NWL STL has also reached a deal with FM NewsTalk 97.1’s popular hosts Dave Glover and Tony Colombo to promote and recap the group’s wrestling events held every other Thursday night at the Casa Loma Ballroom, beginning with its Jan. 12 debut.

Featuring the “voices” of some of wrestling’s greatest legends, the spots are geared primarily at men 32–52 who used to enjoy pro wrestling in the ’80s and ’90s before the product became stale; however, the NWL’s modern, edgier presentation is also suitable for families.

“The campaign harkens back to the glory years of KC and St. Louis wrestling, when outrageous performers like Dick the Bruiser, King Kong Brody, Dick Murdoch and “Bulldog” Bob Brown thrilled fans throughout the territory with their unique brand of mayhem and storytelling,” says Major Baisden, League president. “This creative campaign is our way of letting fans know that the wrasslin’ they used to love is back, with exciting new characters that will deliver edgy, storyline-driven entertainment every other week in their town.”

In October, NWL KC announced a partnership with the Scottish Rite Temple, located at Linwood and Paseo in midtown Kansas City to present a full slate of live events every other Saturday night in 2017. Rival promotion NWL STL then revealed plans to run shows at the Casa Loma every other Thursday night in the heart of the Cherokee Street/Antique Row Business District in South St. Louis. Tickets for NWL KC and NWL STL events are now on sale through the TicketFly mobile app at fightkc.ticketfly.com and fightstl.ticketfly.com.

“KC and St. Louis remain the best cities for professional wrestling in the country, and the NWL is proud to make our debut in these two fantastic venues that will provide an intimate, rowdy experience our fans will enjoy,” Baisden says. “Featuring a mix of the best homegrown Midwest talent and some of the hottest free agents in the country who have signed and moved to the area, the League expects NWL KC and NWL STL to thrive and fuel the flame of an already intense rivalry between the two cities.”

Baisden, a KC-based entrepreneur who sold his last startup, Iris Data Services, Inc. for $134 million in spring 2015, also announced that both promotions have finalized deals to complete their entire initial rosters, who will occasionally square off against each other and eventually compete for the League championship—and city bragging rights—at the company’s end-of-season spectacular in December.

Recent notable NWL KC signings include “The Monarch” Jeremy Wyatt, Thor Theriot, the Swoll Patrol, and Lakota Red Cloud. In addition to the high-profile NWL STL signings announced last week for Dez Wellston and Maverick, the promotion has also inked deals with local sensations Gary Jay, who will compete as Jay Lutz, and Davey Gibson and Matthew Grundy, formerly known as Davey Vega and Mat Fitchett, who will appear in tag-team competition as “The Blood Brothers.” Other recent NWL STL signees include “SuperSoul” Coco Rumble, Cornell Douglas and Emmett DuBois, “The Billion-Dollar Brother.”

About NWL

The National Wrasslin’ League (NWL) is reviving the historical roots of the business. Fueled by intercity rivalries, the NWL prides itself on family-friendly, storyline-driven programming that delivers thrilling athletic action and entertaining characters.

NWL STL Signs Homegrown Wrestling Star Dez Wellston to Multiyear Deal

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New NWL STL signee Mike Outlaw will honor his hometown by competing as Dez Wellston in St. Louis.

Kansas City, Mo. (PRWEB) December 14, 2016

NWL STL has signed homegrown wrestling superstar Mike Outlaw, who will honor his humble St. Louis-area upbringing by competing in the League under the name Dez Wellston.

Signing a multiyear contract with NWL STL to wrestle in front of his family is the culmination of a dream for this tenacious Midwest grappler, who grew up in Wellston, one of the most economically depressed areas in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

“Every time I’m introduced in the ring as ‘Dez Wellston,’ I’m always going to remember where I came from and how hard I had to fight to get here,” he says. “A lot of people haven’t even heard of my hometown and its struggles. But when I become a champion in NWL STL, I’m going to put Wellston on the map. This isn’t just my dream—I’m fighting for an entire community.”

Travis Bowden, the League’s VP of marketing, praised NWL STL for signing Wellston, who has built a reputation as a fierce competitor on the local indie scene over the last few years.

“Wellston is one of the most exciting performers in the Midwest, and his best days are ahead of him in NWL STL,” says Bowden, who oversaw the contract signing during a recent press conference at NWL Headquarters in downtown Kansas City. “It’s a great day for the NWL when such a promising local star like Wellston signs with the League, as we continue to build a close-knit wrestling community in St. Louis and the surrounding area. On a personal level, I couldn’t be happier for Dez and his family.”

About NWL

The National Wrasslin’ League (NWL) is reviving the historical roots of the business. Fueled by intercity rivalries, the NWL prides itself on family-friendly, storyline-driven programming that delivers thrilling athletic action and entertaining characters.

 

Source: http://www.fox8live.com/story/34049923/nwl-stl-signs-homegrown-wrestling-star-dez-wellston-to-multiyear-deal

Maverick Press Conference

Like a modern-day Texas gunslinger, Austin’s Maverick is out to make a reputation in NWL STL, taking dead aim on the St. Louis championship. Hear what Mav had to say about his NWL STL plans by watching the recent press conference announcing his signing.

Source: https://youtu.be/LzEZ-C-cSWs

NWL STL Signs Texas Wrestling Talent to Multiyear Contract

Wrestling star Moonshine Mantell will appear as Maverick under terms of his deal with NWL STL.

Kansas City, Mo. (PRWEB) December 08, 2016

NWL STL has signed national wrestling star Moonshine Mantell, who will compete under the name Maverick as part of the terms of his multiyear deal with the League. Maverick will make his NWL STL debut at the promotion’s first live event at the Casa Loma Ballroom on January 12.

“Maverick is very much a modern-day gunslinger who has established a national reputation as one of the toughest competitors in the business today,” says Travis Bowden, VP of marketing for the NWL, who oversaw the signing during a press conference at NWL Headquarters in downtown KC. “The League commends NWL STL for continuing to look beyond the Midwest to bring some of the country’s top wrestlers into the League.”

The 6-foot, 240-pounder from Austin, Texas, says he has set his sights on becoming the League’s first St. Louis heavyweight wrestling champion.

“I signed with NWL STL for the opportunity to become a champion in what I feel is the fastest-growing wrestling promotion in the United States,” says Maverick, who has patterned his wrestling style after such fellow Lone Star State greats as Terry Funk and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. “I’ll always be loyal to Texas, but I am looking forward to establishing myself in the great city of St. Louis and competing in what has traditionally been one of the best wrestling cities in the world.”

During the press conference, NWL STL also announced that tickets are now on sale for its inaugural event at the Casa Loma Ballroom, where the promotion will be running shows every other Thursday beginning January 12. Fans can reserve seats now at http://www.ticketfly.com/org/7326.

About NWL

The National Wrasslin’ League (NWL) is reviving the historical roots of the business. Fueled by intercity rivalries, the NWL prides itself on family-friendly, storyline-driven programming that delivers thrilling athletic action and entertaining characters

Source: http://www.kmov.com/story/34005948/nwl-stl-signs-texas-wrestling-talent-to-multiyear-contract

NWL, LLC Announces Plans to Open State-of-the-Art Training & Performance Center

The National Wrasslin’ League (NWL, LLC) has announced plans to open its Training & Performance Center (TPC), a 10,000-square-foot facility designed to help talent reach peak physical conditioning and train prospective wrestlers.

“This state-of-the-art center will enable NWL talent to continually hone their in-ring craft and get in the best shape of their lives through an extensive training and nutrition program,” says Major Baisden, NWL president. “The NWL TPC will also contain a fully equipped studio for shooting interviews and video features with talent appearing on NWL events in Kansas City and St. Louis.”

Opening in February 2017 at 105 E 18th Avenue in North Kansas City, the NWL TPC will be equipped by Sorinex, a leading provider of strength-training equipment to college and professional sports teams, including more than 90% of the NFL. Other amenities will include a pro-style locker room and clubhouse for NWL wrestlers as well as a competition ring for performers and prospective talent to train.

Derek Stone, a ring veteran who has wrestled throughout the world since beginning his career in 1993, will serve as training director at the NWL TPC. Rob Messerli, a NASM, CSCS and Precision Nutrition certified trainer, will oversee the daily training and recovery of the League’s athletes in his role as strength and conditioning coach.

“Stone and Messerli are experts in their respective fields who can help take the League’s performers to the next level,” Baisden says. “The TPC will prove invaluable as NWL KC and NWL STL continue to attract talent from across the country.”

Under Stone’s direction, the TPC will also offer novice and advanced wrestling schools twice a year for a limited number of qualified candidates, along with occasional clinics for experienced pros. Open tryouts for the wrestling school will be held on the following dates, with prospective students only required to attend one day: Dec. 10–11; Jan. 14–15; and Feb. 11–12. For more information, email tpc@nwleague.com.

About NWL

The National Wrasslin’ League (NWL) is reviving the historical roots of the business. Fueled by intercity rivalries, the NWL prides itself on family-friendly, storyline-driven programming that delivers thrilling athletic action and entertaining characters.

Source: http://www.kmov.com/story/34005948/nwl-stl-signs-texas-wrestling-talent-to-multiyear-contract

NWL STL Signs Giant Grappling Great to Multiyear Contract

 

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t. Louis, Mo. (PRWEB) November 10, 2016

NWL STL has signed 6-foot-6-inch wrestling star Jake Dirden, who will compete in St. Louis as Jack Foster.

NWL STL recently agreed to terms with wrestling superstar Jake Dirden, who will compete in St. Louis as Jack Foster.

League president Major Baisden, who oversaw the proceedings during a recent press conference at NWL Headquarters in downtown Kansas City, hailed Foster’s signing as one of the League’s biggest yet.

“Jack Foster has competed around the world, but he enters NWL STL with a blank canvas on which to create his career masterpiece,” Baisden says. “Standing at 6 feet, 6 inches tall, with a size 18 boot, Foster’s easily one of the most intimidating competitors I’ve ever seen. Frankly, there may not be another athlete in the League who can match Foster’s intensity or his intelligence.”

Foster says he views NWL STL as an opportunity to cement his legacy as one of the best big men in the business and take wrestling back to its gritty roots in St. Louis.

“When I look around, I don’t see the same wrestling I grew up watching,” Foster explains. “I’ve fought in St. Louis before but never for St. Louis. I want this city to be proud of wrestling again. I’m bringing old-school pro wrestling back to St. Louis, and I don’t care who I have to step on to make that happen. Pretty soon, everyone in St. Louis will be talking about Jack Foster.”

About NWL

The National Wrasslin’ League (NWL) is reviving the historical roots of the business. Fueled by intercity rivalries, the NWL prides itself on family-friendly, storyline-driven programming that delivers thrilling athletic action and entertaining characters.

Source: http://www.wfsb.com/story/33677677/nwl-stl-signs-giant-grappling-great-to-multiyear-contract

NWL, LLC Acquires St. Louis Anarchy, Announces First STL Show at Casa Loma Ballroom

St. Louis, Mo. (PRWEB) November 03, 2016
Star Telegram

The NWL has acquired St. Louis Anarchy Wrestling, which will become part of NWL STL.

The National Wrasslin’ League (NWL, LLC) has reached a definitive agreement with Matt Jackson to acquire the assets of St. Louis Anarchy Wrestling, a local promotion that will now become part of NWL STL.

“The NWL made this acquisition to bolster the expansion efforts of NWL STL, one of our charter promotions,” says Major Baisden, League president. “We pursued a deal with Anarchy because of its unique brand and approach to wrestling, clearly distinguishing it from other St. Louis-based promotions. NWL STL is now in position to create something special in one of the greatest cities for pro wrestling in the world.”

Anarchy’s Jackson will be retained to serve as general manager of NWL STL when the promotion launches its slate of 27 live events in January 2017 at the Casa Loma Ballroom, located in the heart of the Cherokee Street/Antique Row Business District in South St Louis.

“Since its inception in 2010, St. Louis Anarchy has prided itself on providing a thrilling live-event experience that’s second to none for our fans,” Jackson says. “I’m pleased this tradition will continue on a much larger scale with NWL STL at Casa Loma. Helping lead wrestling talent is what I do best, so I’m looking forward to my role with the company.”

About NWL

The National Wrasslin’ League (NWL) is reviving the historical roots of the business. Fueled by intercity rivalries, the NWL prides itself on family-friendly, storyline-driven programming that delivers thrilling athletic action and entertaining characters.

Source: http://markets.financialcontent.com/mi.startelegram/news/read/33181334/NWL

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