Stride Pro Wrestling is starting 2018 off with a bang. After nearly having to cancel the show due to complications at the show site, the Stride crew kicked butt at the first show of the new year. From three championship matches to the kick off of the Stride Cup Tournament, it was a great night of entertainment. You can hear the recap in this week’s episode, including what happened to referee Lane Austin.
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For the first time in Stride Pro Wrestling history, the company presents a Buried Alive match. The heated rivalry between Chris Hargas and Red Daniels has brought us to this monumental evening. The show is set for Saturday, Dec. 9 at the Illinois Star Centre Mall in Marion, Illinois. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids.
The two will be the main event that night. Each man joins the My 1-2-3 Cents podcast to talk about whats at stake and what led us to this point. It will be the fight of a lifetime for each man. Also happening on that card, Jay Spade and Stride Pro Wrestling Champion Roger Matheus sign the contract for their match on Dec. 16. Ax Allwardt battles Scott Phoenix, Heath Hatton clashes with Dexter Roswell, Jose Magnifico takes on Brian Richards in a ‘mask vs. beard’ match. Tony Flood will defend the Legacy Championship against Joey O’Riley, JD Wilk battles Arron Brooks and Frank Wyatt meets Shane Laud.
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Stride Pro Wrestling has been around for nearly a year. The company was founded in Marion, Illinois and puts on monthly shows at the CMA Dojo inside the Illinois Star Centre Mall. Not only are there the monthly shows, Stride offers a training school for future wrestlers. Red Daniels is the first graduate of the program.
Red was green in those early days but has quickly developed into a great talent. His tactics aren’t always above the board, as he’s joined forces with “Hitman” Jake Capone and “Big” Roger Matheus as the Midwest Mafia. It’s proven to be a smart move, as the Daniels and Capone have earned a shot against Stride Pro Wrestling tag team champions Jay Spade and Joey O’Riley.
The men and women you see on TV each week had to start off somewhere. Some get their training at the WWE Performance Center, others toiled in the indies for years learning the craft of wrestling at a school. Here in southern Illinois Stride Pro Wrestling offers classes to wrestlers who are looking for a future in the business.
I attended a recent session with trainer Heath Hatton and his students. A few of the trainees took a moment to chat with me about their hopes and dreams. If you live in the region, head to the Stride Pro Wrestling show set for Saturday, August 6 at the CMA Dojo located at the Illinois Star Centre Mall in Marion.
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Money in the Bank 2016 is in the books and Dean Ambrose not only won the contract, but the championship on the same night. Although WWE touted this as the “greatest Money in the Bank of all time!” Kevin and Chad tend to disagree. This week the dynamic duo breaks down the event and shares their thoughts on the pay per view.
Over on the My 1-2-3 Cents YouTube channel, Kevin has a new interview up with Jeff Jarrett from Global Force Wrestling. The company will be at Rent One Park in Marion, Illinois on Friday, July 1. You can get ticket info here.
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Whether you know him as “Ace” or “Cowboy” Bob Orton is one of the all-time greats of professional wrestling. The WWE Hall of Famer has had a lengthy career and is still active in the ring. On Saturday, June 4 Orton teams up with Bull Bronson against Dalton Diamond and Cash Bordin at the Stride Pro Wrestling show. Bell time is 6:30 p.m. at CMA in the Illinois Star Centre Mall in Marion.
In this week’s show Kevin chats with Orton about his career (he was on the first live wrestling card I attended in 1984), the evolution of wrestling and his son Randy Orton.
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Through the years I’ve had several opportunities to be a wrestling referee, manager, ring announcer and commentator. For the last couple of years the wrestling scene where I live (southern Illinois) has been on life support. But now a promotion is changing all that.
CMA Pro Wrestling made its debut Saturday, March 5. The show featured several talented wrestlers from this region and beyond. A packed house watched at the CMA Marital Arts Center in Marion, Illinois as the first champion was crowned.
Ax Allwardt beat three other men in a fatal four way contest. Fan favorite Heath Hatton nearly had the match won after spearing the near 400 pound Frank Wyatt. But the opportunistic Allwardt interrupted the pin and tossed Hatton to the floor, where the fourth man in the match Tony Flood was recovering after being dropped by Wyatt.
I managed to get a quick (and I mean quick) interview with the new champ. He talks about his past in the business and his future as the new CMA Pro Wrestling Champion.
Also on this week’s show the winners of our Road to WrestleMania contest. Thanks to all who participated and keep listening, Chad and I will have more contests in the future.