Friday, May 29, 2015

SPWA June 6 Ramer,TN!

Big Night for SPWA on June 6th!

One Half of the Rock N Roll Express Robert Gibson will take on Anton Leveigh



Semi Main Event- SPWA Heavyweight Championship Match - Alex Stone vs. Cory Daniels



Plus 3 Other Matches!

All taking place in Ramer,TN on June 6th!

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH THE CURRENT WESTERN STATES HERITAGE CHAMPION "LOVERBOY" MATT RIVIERA








It's May 28th, 2015 and We at NWA Mid South are on line with the very busy NWA Western States Heritage Champion and the leader of the World's Famous Empire "LoverBoy" Matt Riviera. First off thanks for taking time out of your day to answer a few questions and let the wrestling fans get a closer at the man and his career.

1. Matt- How did you get interested in Professional Wrestling and who was your favorite wrestler growing up and why?

I became obsessed with it at age 12.  I was flipping through the channels on a Saturday night and saw an episode of WCW Worldwide.  The first match I saw was Dick Slater & Bunkhouse Buck managed by Col Robert Parker destroy a couple of enhancement guys.  This was in the middle of Parker's love triangle with Sensational Sherry.  It was great stuff.  I owe my getting into the business to this match and those involved.  It hooked me.  Slater's swinging neck breaker, facial expressions, and jabs I thought were the greatest things ever. 



2. Matt- How old were you when you broke into Professional Wrestling and Who were your trained by?

I broke into the business ate age 14 officially.  I started with an independent group called ICPW Wrestling based in Arkansas.  The promoter and booker was Bill Ash.  I started out making programs and taking pictures at ringside.  I got in good with locker room as I was respectful to the talent and helped several guys (Treach Phillips Jr. and Nasty Bill...who was wrestling as Bull Hansen) get listed in the PWI Top 500.  One of my brother's was into journalism writing for the college paper and helped me with some of it.  I first stepped in a ring at age 15, took one bump, and decided I want to promote.  I'm not a guy who "enjoys" pain.  Bill Ash convinced me that I needed to get trained in order to be a successful booker and/or promoter long term.  He was right.  I injured my knee in high school on the basketball team, but eventually returned to the wrestling school at age 18 and trained for a few months before getting into a fight at the school and quitting thinking the school was in the wrong in regards to how they handled the situation.  A few years later I found out they kicked the kid out.  I finally returned at age 20, finished my in-ring training, and debuted at age 21.  Since that time I've spent time on the road with Buddy Landel who taught me the politics of the business (what to do and what not to do) and how to handle promoters/bookers.  Over the past 2-3 years, I've been training with Squire Dave Taylor who I owe a lot too.

3. Matt-What was your first regular promotion you wrestled for and who was the promoter that saw enough in you to give you that first wrestling break?

One of the first promotions I worked for was Razorback All-Star Wrestling in Ward, AR.  I was going to college in Searcy, AR at Harding and it was right down the road.  I gave Don Bass a call (who was booker) and asked if I could come check it out.  The first guy in the locker room to shake my hand was Jamie Jay (who I consider a good friend to this day).  I started not long after and despite only having 5 matches, Don Bass pushed me.  From day one I've had the ability to get real heat and have charisma.  Before I had my first match I promised myself that no one would ever call me boring.


4. Matt-How long have you been in Professional Wrestling and can you tell us what companies, major and independent you have worked for?

I've been in it now for 18 years.  I've worked for far too many independents to name. 

5.Matt- What injuries if any have you had due to Professional Wrestling?

Knock on wood (I'm a very superstitious guy) I haven't had any horrible injures.  The worst was once when I bit my tongue so hard in a match I couldn't eat solid food for two weeks.  I've also dislocated my knee (old basketball injury) in the ring twice during matches, but due to changing my training changes I haven't had any dislocations in years.

6.Matt- What are some of the championships you have won over your career in this sport and which one held the most meaning to you?

I've held several on the independents.  I'm currently the NWA Western States Heritage Champion.  I'd say that one means the most.  Holding the Lonestar Championship Wrestling Tag Titles (with Greg Anthony) and the TCW Tag Titles (with Jerry Lawler) both meant a lot as well. 

7.Matt-What would you tell anyone that is trying to break into Professional Wrestling?

As Bobby Eaton once said "Keep your mouth shut and your ears open!".  Be respectful.  Anyone breaking in that doesn't show the same respect that I had when I broke in won't be getting any favors from me.  I recently spent a few hours in the ring with Buddy Royal and Levi Shapiro in NWA Vendetta Pro showing them some little things I do to get heat as well as a few various techniques that separate the men from the boys.  They are the first guys that asked for advice and help on a few things.  They get it and were the first indy guys anywhere to take the initiative to ask.  I see a bright future for both of them.  They're like me in that they want to become the best artists they can be in wrestling.  Never stop learning, but be careful who you listen to.

8. Matt-Which World Heavyweight Championship do you think is the most important in this sport, the WWE, TNA, NWA, ROH, IWGP, AAA, and why?

The WWE World Heavyweight.  It's the most well-known and garners the most money and fame.

9. Matt-Do you have any regrets about anything involving you and being apart of this sport?

Yes and despite was anyone says, I think we all have SOME regrets.  I wish I'd take a year off from school and hit the road and worked indys and trained full-time instead of jumping straight into college.  Also, for every referee that I've gone absolutely insane on, I'm sorry.  Well, maybe not.  Stay out of the way and count 3 if you have no idea what you're doing and learn your craft!  The first show I took part in I refereed.  It's something every guy needs to do at least one show before they wrestle.

10. Matt-What wrestler(s) do you think you had your best matches with and why?

Jerry Lawler, Jay Lethal, Shane Williams, and Americos are a few on that list.  These guys "get it" and bust their ass to have the best matches possible.  Lawler is still throwing dropkicks, taking backdrops, and stealing the show to this day. 


11. Matt-The Empire is arguably the most dominate force since the early combinations of the Four Horsemen. James J. Dillon saw this and wanted to be a part of it. How does that make you feel that a mind like J. J. Dillon wanted to be part of the Empire and what has he done to enhance the success of the Empire?

The rub JJ Dillon has given us is indescribable.  I think he recognized early on that The Empire is a group of hard workers and try and be professionals everywhere we go.


12. Matt-What are the future plans of Matt Riviera?

The future plans are to concentrate on my wrestling career.  I'm done promoting.  The last show I promoted was in July 2014 and I have no plans to do it again.  I'm getting in better shape all the time and plan to continue to transform my physique and continue to improve my craft as a wrestler.  I'm a firm believer that hard work pays off and I have been and will continue to work hard.

13. Matt-Do you want a NWA World Title Match with Hiroyoshi Tenzan and would you travel to the Land of the Rising Sun to try to defeat him for the championship?

I'd be honored to work Tenzan.  I remember getting a Japanese adapter for my N64 so I could play New Japan Pro Wrestling video games.  Tenzan was my favorite guy to be on the game.  He's tremendous.  I'd love to wrestle him and try and win the NWA Worlds' title.  Of course I'd travel to Japan to try and take it.

14. Matt-Also can you give us some of your up-coming booking dates so the fans can keep up with NWA Western States Heritage Champion Loverboy 5.5 Matt Riviera?

June 7 IHWE Wrestling Texas-will be inducting Tim Storm into their Hall of Fame

June 12 NWA Vendetta Pro Wrestling Santa Maria, CA-vs. Brian Kendrick

June 20 NWA Mid South Dyersburg, TN with Greg Anthony vs. Savio Vega/Americos

July 12 Lonestar Championship Wrestling Houston, TX

Many more to come!

Thanks Alvin!

IWF Wrestling May 30th in Hamilton,AL

oWo Saturday night @ Goodtime Charlie's in Tupelo





oWo presents: The return of the future, Saturday at Goodtime Charlie's in Tupelo MS. oWo Promoter Da one Dirty will explain his action from the last show and his alignment with Hollywood Jimmy Blaylock. Also after almost two years the future Chris Styles returns to oWo. Also, on the card: Barry Wolf, Parental Advisory, Brody Hawk, Chop, Ryan Sofine, Will Sharp, Pink and Black Attack, Curly Moe and more. Also, A huge announcement will be made. Be there!!! Bell time 7:30 P.M. Admission $10 and advance tickets $8.

NWA-SAW 7-11 in Cookeville, TN



Saturday July 11th in Cookeville, TN, NWA SAW will be hosting a one night tournament at the Coliseum Pub for the now vacant NWA National Championship recently held by Jax Dane. Details on this as they become available. We want to wish Jax J Dane Laymon a speedy recovery.

What Hollywood Jimmy Blaylock ate for breakfast this morning


Hollywood's breakfast order this morning

EPW tomorrow night (Saturday) in Booneville, MS




EPW/AIWF WRESTLING RETURNS

This Saturday, May 30th
Bell time 8 PM
Admission $7

On the card:
Bonecrusher
The EPW Heavyweight Champion Chazz Stone 
The EPW Tag Team Champions The PHAT Foundation
Tysin Starr
CT Jordan
Mike Realz
Vinnie Mac
Many more EPW Superstars!!! 

Don't miss a great night of wrestling action !!

Remember you never know who will show up or what will happen at EPW!

Independent Wrestler Chris Adams 'Rederick Redrum' Injured at Show

At Wild Fire Wrestling's Memphis in Mayhem, independent wrestler Chris Adams sustained a knee injury during his match with Chris Lexx. Adams was performing a move on Lexx when his knee gave out. Referee Will Gibson and Announcer Terrence Ward immediately took to his care when Adams stated he could not continue. Several talent from the roster and a visiting EMT began providing care to Adams. Adams was led away assisted by several wrestlers to applause from the crowd. Wild Fire Wrestling Promoter Kevin Lawler stated on Facebook that it is a possible severe sprain and that he was doing well after visiting him at the Emergency Room. Our well wishes and prayers for a speedy recovery go out to Adams.

UCW 5-30 in Union City, TN


Updated list of Global Force Wrestling live events



Updated list of Global Force Wrestling live events:

6/12 - Jackson, TN - Jackson Generals - Tickets on sale - http://globalforcewrestling.com/jackson-tn

6/13 - Knoxville, TN - Tennessee Smokies - Tickets on sale - http://globalforcewrestling.com
/knoxville-tn

6/20 - Jackson, MS - Mississippi Braves - Tickets on sale - http://globalforcewrestling.com/jackson-ms

6/21 - Bowling Green, KY - Bowling Green Hot Rods - Tickets on sale - http://globalforcewrestling.com/bowling-green-ky

7/9 - Appleton, WI - Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

7/10 - Erie, PA - Erie SeaWolves

7/11 - Lake County, OH - Lake County Captains

7/24 - Las Vegas, NV (TV Taping) - Tickets on sale - http://globalforcewrestling.com/las-vegas-nv/

8/21 - Las Vegas, NV (TV Taping) - Tickets on sale - http://globalforcewrestling.com/las-vegas-nv-2/

8/22 - Reno, NV - Reno Aces

8/28 - Harrisburg, PA - Harrisburg Senators

8/29 - Richmond, VA - Flying Squirrels

9/3 - Waterloo, IA - Waterloo Bucks

9/4 - Cedar Rapids, IA - Cedar Rapids Kernals

9/5 - Clinton, IA - Clinton LumberKings

9/25 - Corpus Christi, TX - Corpus Christi Hooks

9/26 - San Antonio, TX - San Antonio Missions

9/27 - Round Rock, TX - Round Rock Express

10/23 - Las Vegas, NV (TV Taping) - Tickets on sale - http://globalforcewrestling.com/las-vegas-nv-3/

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Ashlynn MCClure Memorial 3 Benefit for St. Jude. June 20th Byhalia, MS.

    JUST SOME OF THE MATCHES JUNE 20th
    THE TWE HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE MATCH
    Van "The Man" vs ATK vs BR Brawler vs Xander Legend
    For The MWA TAG Titles...
    Lethal Injection vs The L A Hustlers vs The Professionals

    For The MWA Women's Title
    Diamond Doll vs Paris Kelley vs Dianna Taylor vs Jessica Andrews
    Huge 10 man Tag
    The Asylum, The Hale County Misfits and Josh Suicide VS Idol Bane, Cody Only, TJ O'Riley, Nick Grymes and TNA STAR Khoya



WWE reportedly interested in former TNA World Champion



WWE officials have reportedly changed their thoughts on signing former TNA World Heavyweight Champion AJ Styles.

AJ is the current IWGP Heavyweight Champion and considers New Japan Pro Wrestling to be home, and is under contract, but WWE is interested in signing him. WWE is looking to have three touring brands in 2016 and want to load up on as much quality talent as they can.

(Photo Credit: TNA)

Indie Promotion Owned By Former WWE And TNA Star Announces TV Deal



WrestleMerica, an indie pro wrestling promotion based out of Georgia, has signed a local TV deal with Charter Cable to air their programming in that state. The promotion is owned and operated by former WWE & TNA and current New Japan Pro Wrestling star Doc Gallows.

The first WrestleMerica TV tapings will take place on June 5th in Barnesville, Georgia at the Old Academy Gym. Matches confirmed so far include MVP vs. Micah Taylor, Monster Pain vs. Doc Gallows and Amber O'Neal vs. Tracy Taylor in a Falls Count Anywhere Match. Other stars appearing include Jimmy Rave, Sal Rinauro and others. They will also film material on May 30th at an event in Gastonia, North Carolina. Tickets are available at WrestleMerica.com or by calling 678-588-0508.

The idea is to produce a studio-style wrestling series like old school Memphis Wrestling, according to PWInsider.

Credit:  Marc Middleton @ WRESTLINGINC.COM

Travis Morgan Memorial WARRIOR'S HEART Tournament 5-31 in Tullahoma, TN


Ring of Honor official Press Release on Destination America debut



Ring of Honor issued the following press release yesterday:

RING OF HONOR debuts on DESTINATION AMERICA Wednesday, June 3rd

BALTIMORE, MD (May 27, 2015) - Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: SBGI) (the "Company") announced that it has signed a national broadcast deal with Destination America, part of Discovery Communications, for the Company's professional wrestling promotion, Ring of Honor ("ROH"). ROH will premiere on Destination America for 26 weeks beginning Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 8pm EST/7pm CST. The announcement was made by Joe Koff, Chief Operating Officer - Ring of Honor Wresting.

"We are very excited to be partnering with Destination America for the broader distribution of the ROH programming," commented Joe Koff, Chief Operating Officer - Ring of Honor Wrestling.

"ROH will now reach an additional 57 million households including those in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and other large cities where Ring of Honor is not currently airing.
ROH has a loyal fan base and is one of the fastest growing major wrestling franchises in the country. With this great partnership with Destination America, we can continue to expand our footprint and reach while producing entertaining, original content and continuing to provide wrestling fans some of the best wrestling content available."

"With the electric and intense matches that Ring of Honor provides, Destination America is the network for fans to get an entire evening of jaw-dropping entertainment on Wednesday nights," said Marc Etkind, General Manager of Destination America. "Ring of Honor showcases tenacity, athleticism and passion and it serves as the place where America's favorite wrestling stars are born."

Reports on Destination America not renewing Impact Wrestling just may be true after all



Dave Meltzer, the original source of last week's story that Destination America would not be renewing Impact Wrestling later this year at the end of the third quarter, has released the memo issued within Discovery Communications in the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

As noted in the originally sourced reports, the memo had been sent out prior to both TNA and Destination America announcing a timeslot change from Friday to Wednesday night.
The memo read as follows.

"Destination America is not renewing TNA Wrestling next year. While the ratings were strong, the audience was not large enough to justify the program investment. We plan to honor the current contract and continue to air original episodes of TNA Wrestling on Friday nights through the end of the third quarter 2015. When the up-front rate card is released, the Friday night anthology title will now be called 'American Tales,' which will be a combination of Paranormal and Americana programming. I hope this is good news given all of the advertisers that included TNA on their DNA list."

The "DNA list" referred to in the memo above is the Do Not Advertise list.

TNA officials have either denied the original report was true or declined to comment.

Credit: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter via Adam Martin @ wrestleview.com

Top Notch Pro Wrestling 6/5 in Bethel Springs, TN


Ring of Honor begins Destination America run 6/3


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Classy Broads Wrestling now taking custom orders for June 13 taping!



June 13th line up! Get your orders in now!! I'm also taking sponsorships for the shoot and for a special taped fist brawl with Black Widow vs. The Kitten!!! Don't miss out on a custom match with team IOU Nick Iggy and Kerry Awful. Also for the first time at Classy Broads we will have Sarah Summers, Christina Walker, Little Bit, and Jessica Wetmore!

Contact: thekitten143@yahoo.com

Ring of Honor 6/6 in Nashville, TN



Ring of Honor, Nashville Fairgrounds, Nashville, TN, June 6. 

On the card: 

The Addication (Christopher Daniels/Frankie Kazarian) vs. War Machine (Raymond Rowe/Hanson) vs. The Briscoes (Jay & Mark Briscoe) in a triple threat tag team match 

"Unbreakable" Michael Elgin vs "Reborn" Matt Sydal. 

And more! 

The Nashville Fairgrounds is located at 625 Smith Avenue in Nashville. 

Bell time is at 7:00 p.m.

NWA Smoky Mountain 5-30 in Sneedville, TN



NWA Smoky Mountain, Old Hancock County High School Gym, Sneedville, TN, May 30. 

On the card: NWA Southeastern Heavyweight Champion Jason "The Gift" Kincaid defends against The Giant Arawn w/Judas the Mad Hatter & Saradox. 

"The Prodigy" Vince Brent vs. "The Strong Style Redneck" Chris Richards. 

NWA Mountain Empire Champion "Notorious" Nick Hammonds defends against "The Southern Sycho" Elliott Russell. 

Address for the event is 418 Harrison Street in Sneedville. 

Tickets are $8. 

Bell time is at 8:00 p.m.

Fire Star Pro Wrestling 6/6 in Greensboro, NC



Fire Star Pro Wrestling, Boys & Girls Club, Greensboro, NC, June 6. 

On the card: Cameron Carter vs. Rob Killjoy. 

Samoa Joey vs. Will Huckaby. 

Biggie Smoove (Aaron Biggs/Chris Lea) vs. The Revilution.

The Boys & Girls Club is located at 840 Neal Street in Greensboro. 

Tickets are $12 for adult VIP, $7 for children ages 6-10 VIP, $10 for adult general admission and $5 for children ages 6-10 general admission. 

Doors open at 4:30 p.m.

Bell time is at 5:00 p.m.

Anarchy Wrestling 5-30 in Cornelia, GA


"The Boogie Woogie Man" Jimmy Valiant headlines card at Trans-South Wrestling in Union, SC on 6/6/2015


NWA Smoky Mountain 6/6 in Elizabethton, TN



NWA Smoky Mountain, Evolution Sports Gym, Elizabethton, TN, June 6. 

On the card: 

Nick Hammonds defends the NWA Mountain Empire championship against EZ Money. 

Skylar Kruze vs. "The Closer" Jeff Connelly w/Kaos. 

Plus a lot more!

Tickets are $10 front row and $8 general admission. 

Bell time is at 8:00 PM.

Motely Cruz vs. Matt Taylor for West Tennessee belt 5-30 at SPWA in Ramer, TN




S.P.W.A Championship Wrestling  

Just signed for this Sat night 5-30-2015

Matt Taylor defending his West Tn Heavyweight Championship against Motley Cruz.

Mega Pro Wrestling 6-6 in Rand, WV


Kentucky Zone Wrestling 6-13 in Somerset, KY


Mountain Championship Wrestling Every Friday in Dunlap, TN


AIWF Championship rankings as of 5-24-2015



AIWF World Heavyweight Championship Rankings
C- Damien Wayne
1-Justin Overstreet
2-Josef Von Schmidt
3-Lodi
4-Lance Erickson
5-Nathan Auldridge
6-John Green
7-El Hijo De Rey Mysterio
8-Jason Levi
9-Brady Pierce
10-Cyrus The Destroyer

AIWF World Tag Team Championship Rankings:
C-PS Playas
1-The Texas Tornadoes
2-The House Of Payne
3-HGH
4-K & K Connection
5-High Times...

AIWF World Women's Championship Rankings
C-Melanie Cruise

1-Aja Perera 
2-Mary Elizabeth Monroe 
3-Jessica Wetmore 
4-Myka Madrid 
5-Kat Von Hezz

AIWF World Crusierweight Championship Rankings
C--Drew Game 

1-Axton Ray 
2-Zane Stevens 
3-Johnny Romano 
4-Kobra King 
5-Smokey C

Wild Fire Wrestling's Memphis In Mayhem Featuring Bill "Superstar" Dundee vs Dustin "Five" Starr in a Memphis Street Fight This Thursday, May 28th at the Woodland Hills Event Center in Cordova, TN!




All South Pro Wrestling 6/6 in Milan, GA


AIWF Texas presents TEXAS IMPACT 5-31-2015 in Uvalde, TX


VCA's Friday Night Highlights 5/22/15-Catch Velocity Championship Action This Friday Night in Memphis, TN



Ring Of Honor Wrestling is coming to Destination America! Wednesday, June 3 at 8/7c, followed by an all new IMPACT Wrestling!


BALTIMORE, MD (May 27, 2015) - Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: SBGI) (the “Company”) announced that it has signed a national broadcast deal with Destination America, part of Discovery Communications, for the Company’s professional wrestling promotion, Ring of Honor (“ROH”). ROH will premiere on Destination America for 26 weeks beginning Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 8pm EST/7pm CST. The announcement was made by Joe Koff, Chief Operating Officer - Ring of Honor Wresting. 
 
“We are very excited to be partnering with Destination America for the broader distribution of the ROH programming,” commented Joe Koff, Chief Operating Officer - Ring of Honor Wrestling. “ROH will now reach an additional 57 million households including those in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and other large cities where Ring of Honor is not currently airing. 
 
ROH has a loyal fan base and is one of the fastest growing major wrestling franchises in the country. With this great partnership with Destination America, we can continue to expand our footprint and reach while producing entertaining, original content and continuing to provide wrestling fans some of the best wrestling content available.” 
 
“With the electric and intense matches that Ring of Honor provides, Destination America is the network for fans to get an entire evening of jaw-dropping entertainment on Wednesday nights,” said Marc Etkind, General Manager of Destination America. “Ring of Honor showcases tenacity, athleticism and passion and it serves as the place where America’s favorite wrestling stars are born.”
 

RSWF Pictures 5-23-15

I had the chance to finally check out RSWF in Memphis,TN this past Saturday. This is a great show! I had a blast. I recommend this show to anyone who is in the Memphis area!