The NWL (National Wrasslin’ League) has released the tournament brackets to begin the quest for the coveted city championship belts in both wrestling leagues in Kansas City and St. Louis.
Kansas City, Missouri (PRWEB) February 02, 2017
The NWL has released the tournament brackets to begin the quest for the coveted city championship belts in both wrestling leagues in Kansas City and St. Louis. The tournament began on January 21st in Kansas City and January 26th in St. Louis; as the top sixteen wrestlers on each roster were seeded to match up against one another over the course of a three-month-long tournament. The championship match will culminate on April 1st in Kansas City and April 6th in St. Louis.
“For the first time ever the NWL is proud to introduce the city championship belts,” said Major Baisden, League president. Each of which was uniquely designed by NWL and handcrafted by legendary belt maker, Dave Millican. “It’s incredible to have such prestigious straps back in each city worth fighting for.”
In the first round, Dakota Draper and Blaine Meeks of NWL KC both advanced to the semi-finals. “After spending last fall scouring the map for the best independent wrestling talent, it feels great to finally see the KC roster in the ring vying for the championship belt” said Chris Gough, NWL KC General Manager. On January 26th in St. Louis, Todd Letterman and Jay Lutz ousted Skyler Beckett and Christian Adonis, respectively, of NWL STL to move into the next round. Matt Jackson, General Manager of NWL STL said, “Given St. Louis’ rich wrestling history I am proud to be working with a group of men so passionate about this tournament and can’t wait to crown the first NWL STL Champion!”
The tournament action continues this weekend as Jeremy Wyatt takes on wild-man, Thor Theriot in the main event match-up at 7pm on Saturday, February 9th at the Scottish Rite Temple.
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. Learn more at our website: http://www.nwleague.com/.
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The NWL, a new pro wrestling startup conceived by Kansas City-based entrepreneur Major Baisden, debuted to enthusiastic large crowds at midtown KC’s Scottish Rite Temple on Saturday, Jan. 7, and at the Casa Loma Ballroom in St. Louis on Thursday, Jan. 12.
“The strong attendance and fan response at both inaugural events indicate that KC and St. Louis continue to be two of the best cities for pro wrestling in the country,” says Baisden, who started the NWL in July with an idea, a business plan, three staff members, and not a single wrestler under contract. “The fans in both cities seemed to rejoice that the local wrasslin’ they grew up loving was finally back. Witnessing the tremendous crowd reactions at both venues was really special to me, as I’ve been a huge fan since I was a kid. After both shows, we received several positive reviews by wrestling journalists, podcasters, and social media fans alike for the quality of the presentation and the in-ring product itself.”
Both initial NWL shows featured main events pitting teams representing Kansas City and St. Louis battling each other for civic pride and bragging rights as part of what will be an ongoing I-70 Series of Wrestling. Team NWL KC enjoyed the home mat advantage at the Scottish Rite, winning a six-man tag bout, while Team NWL STL triumphed in a rematch in front of a near-capacity crowd at the Casa Loma, with the results in sending the local fans in each town home happy.
Throughout the season, the final show of each month will pit wrestlers from KC and St. Louis against each other, with the city earning the most victories recognized as the League’s best town. The NWL’s top city will also earn negotiation rights for all new talent entering the NWL in 2018. The NWL is running events in KC every other Saturday and in St. Louis every other Thursday, making it vital for fans leaving the building wanting more.
To further capitalize on the natural rivalry between KC and St. Louis, both promotions will soon kick off tournament matches to decide the League’s KC and STL champions this spring. The NWL STL champion and the NWL KC kingpin will then square off in a mid-season showdown, with the winner earning home-arena advantage for the year’s big finale in December.
On the night of the season finale, the NWL’s League champion will also be decided that evening with a tourney involving the St. Louis and KC titleholders as well as the No. 1 contenders for both belts. The December spectacular will also crown the NWL’s tag-team champions in a tournament featuring the four teams with the best records over the course of the 12-month season.
“From personal issues to civic pride to championships that are earned in the ring after months of intense competition, NWL KC and NWL STL are presenting compelling, storyline-driven entertainment featuring some of the best athletes in the world,” Baisden says. “More than anything, the NWL is proud to bring back the kind of pro wrestling the fans in both these great cities deserve.”
NWL KC returns for its second show Saturday at the Scottish Rite on Saturday, Jan. 21, while NWL STL brings its own brand of wrestling action back to the Casa Loma on Thursday, Jan. 26. Tickets are available at fightkc.ticketfly.com and fightstl.ticketfly.com, respectively.
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.
By Colleen Schrappen St. Louis Post-Dispatch
When it comes to longed-for professional sports leagues, soccer is top of mind for many St. Louisans. So is the open wound that is football. Basketball even gets batted around occasionally.
But wrestling? That might not make the mental wish list.
Wait … not wrestling. Wrasslin’. No-holds-barred, chair-throwing, full-nelson wrasslin’. Now that you think about it, you really were missing it, right?
Come Jan. 12, it’s back.
The void left when “Wrestling at the Chase” ended its 34-year run in 1983 will be filled by the National Wrasslin’ League, the brainchild of Kansas City-based entrepreneur Major Baisden.
The league, meant to revive the “territory system” of old-school wrestling, is putting its first roots down in Kansas City and St. Louis. “We want to feed off the natural rivalries that exist in those two cities,” says Travis Bowden of the NWL.
Every other week, a cast of characters will suit up in their singlets at Casa Loma Ballroom in the Benton Park West neighborhood. A slate of seven matches, including tag teams, will start at 7 p.m.
“Casa Loma may be the most pristine venue for wrestling since the Chase,” Bowden says.
Don’t expect it to stay that way on fight nights. Up to a thousand spectators — the league is especially targeting men who were pro wrestling fans in the 1980s and ’90s — will be cheering for their favorite heels and heroes, eating up the ongoing storylines of feuds and factions.
“We’ve locked up the best guys in the Midwest to be hometown favorites,” Bowden says. The league will feature about 50 wrestlers, most veterans of the traveling “indie” circuit.
“We have wrestlers of all shapes and sizes, distinct characters, so that fans will connect to the performers — the idea is to have something for everybody,” Bowden says. “There’s got to be someone on each card that everyone can relate to.”
That could be Mike Outlaw, who adopted his wrestling alias, Dez Wellston, as a nod to his hometown. Outlaw, 25, did construction work before training to be a wrestler three years ago, fulfilling a childhood dream.
“I’ve been watching wrestling since I was 6 years old,” he says. “And I always knew it was something I wanted to do.”
He says the league’s live semimonthly matches will bring an authenticity that’s lacking on television in the shiny, somewhat sanitized WWE.
“I like performing in front of a crowd, dictating the crowd’s reactions and emotions,” Outlaw says. “I feed it to them, and they feed it to me.”
Also feeling the charge of the crowd will be Brad Fox, 33, an Illinois native and former stock broker who has wrestled as Jake Dirden for the past five years. He has a new alter ego, Jack Foster, for the NWL.
“It’s a dramatic, interactive environment. You can be as loud and obnoxious as you want,” Fox says. “If people cheer for me, I’m going to do some awesome stuff.”
Like finishing off an opponent with an Asiatic Spike, jamming his meaty thumb under the poor sap’s jaw until he taps out — or passes out, Fox says with a gruff laugh. “And I think I’m going to utilize my kicks more — I wear size 18 boots.”
Kevin Kwiatkowski, a native of the Affton area, is still tinkering with the nuances of his character.
“Todd Letterman is kind of a newer thing to me,” says Kwiatkowski, 26, who has been wrestling about as long as Outlaw. He was turned on to the sport as a kid by his grandma, a wrestling fanatic.
“I used to be a bad (expletive) — just going in and doing my thing, but my persona in the league is ‘I’m an athlete and I like to win.’
“Fans should expect to see some crazy athleticism … tumbleweeds into the corner, spinning wheel kicks. I like to do some flashy kicks. I’m 6’ 4” and 330 pounds,” Kwiatkowski says.
“I don’t want to peel back the curtain too far, but we’re going to bust out the fireworks.”