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Who would had won the 9th annual NBS Awards?
Well...this would had been the time of year to do the NBS Awards but not happening this year. So who would had won had there been a 9th annual NBS Awards? Well let's see...

Diamond in the Rough - I don't think it was contest this year, I would had gone with Stephen Wolf as he had an incredible year as Dreamwave's breakout star having competitive matches with major independent stars.

Fed of the Year - I believe Dreamwave would had moved back to the top spot, as for the five finalists, the six month break UWC and Midwest Pro had likely would have caused their elimination from the running with PWA, PGP, Zero One & IWA Unlimited as the contenders.

Tag team of the Year - I think the streak would had been broken, as Team IOU or Viking War Party would have ousted the Hooligans. Other contenders would had been Team Overkill, the last spot a tossup between several teams.

Wrestler of the Year - This would had been hard to figure out, contenders would had included Frank Wyatt, Harker Dirge, Blake Belakis, Jake Dirden and Marshe Rockett with no clear favorite.

Will ponder the rest later...

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Today is a day where I wish Springfield Talk Radio still existed to air out grievances about the crap that stunk up the state capitol instead of local sports talk, Tennessee syndicated radio and a hardcore left-wing hack that runs a three-hour campaign commercial for his political party that we're stuck with now. No wonder pay satellite radio keeps gaining in popularity.

All I heard today was a speech where a political hack took credit what he claimed was a hot Lamborghini for an abandoned rusted out wheel-less vehicle in the middle of a swamp he calls an economy, while passing the buck for what all is wrong that he is directly responsible for. It was a toxic waste dump pretending to be a speech so full of BS I was cussing out the radio.

The Rap Sheet - Proving Ground Pro's Ryan Buckley Memorial Tournament 1/23/16
The Rap Sheet – by the Mad Conservative
Proving Ground Pro’s Ryan Buckley Memorial Tournament
1/23/16 – Petersburg, IL

I warned you all I might start writing these again…

And thus here it is. Too much crap has been allowed to skate without someone writing a hard review of it, so on a whim I chose to pull out the notepad and pen when it was announced that the show is airing on iPPV thus couldn’t use the camera this night. Hopefully I’m able to describe much of the show from the notes I took and memory. Proving Ground is kind of an oddity in central Illinois wrestling, it isn’t big on local homegrown talent (or as they call them “40-milers”) and chooses to bring in wrestlers from out of state, St. Louis or Chicago. It wants to be a regional promotion using people most likely to be signed by ROH, PWG, Evolve, FIP, etc. – the top ten major independent promotions in the country and the fanbase sought seems to match up with those who tape trade or download those shows. The difference between it and Dreamwave however Dreamwave has the advantage of sitting at the I-80/I-39 junction where fans travel from Chicago, Peoria, Rockford & the Quad Cities besides its home town of LaSalle to fill its venue and cover booking costs. PGP has just Springfield to really pull from besides Petersburg & Havana. PGP also has not put out DVDs of their prior events. They were handing out flyers after ROH in Collinsville, but I dunno how many drove 100 miles from STL out into the middle of nowhere. Now, this is back at the Petersberg Firehouse to which they have their biggest draw in November. I was interested to see if they could duplicate that in January, didn’t happen, they got over the 100 mark for this charity event though. They had two of the firetrucks inside which filled in some space. I had not taken in a PGP show in several months due to conflicts.

Live from the Petersburg Fire Department. I guess they are still calling him Gordy Williams – the promoter has the kids around the building pound the mat for Ryan Buckley who was a fallen soldier during the Iraq War. He also announces that Team IOU is stranded & snowed in out east with the Blizzard of 2016 so the Hooligans make their return to PGP in their place. They also announce this event is being carried live on the World Wrestling Network iPPV. This is a one night, eight man tournament in honor of Buckley. I didn’t time the matches.
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PWA Standings end of January 2016
PWA Heavyweight Title
(c)Guy Smith (24-9-2) 0.714
1. Benz (9-4) .692
2. Bryan Ealey (19-10-1) .650
3. KC Jackson (5-2) .714
4. Hatta (10-7) .588
5. MS Madman (4-3) .571

PWA Regional Title
(c)Derek Moss (18-12) .600
1. Jimmy Karryt (5-5) .500
2. Phage (7-8) .467
3. Bishop (8-10-1) .447
4. Nelson Sixx (9-12-1) .432
5. Roscoe (5-7) .417
6. Jon Magnus (7-11-1) .395
7. Micah Pope (9-14) .391
8. Brad Stephens (5-8) .385
9. Brent Dunn (3-5) .333
10. Crowley (1-1) .500

PWA Tag Team Titles
(c) The Alliance - Shard & Magnus
1. Nelson & Pope (2-1)
2. MMJB (3-6)
3. Roscoe & Lander (1-1)

WWE trying to shut down Lucha by signing all their talent? Not practical nor realistic…

Lucha Underground’s co-executive producer Chris DeJoseph put out a claim where “They (WWE) basically tried to sign our entire roster, and pretty much tried to shut us down. I think that’s what they (WWE) want to do – just take everybody, sign them into NXT and then wipe out companies. I know they tried to do it with TNA, and I’m sure Ring Of Honor too. It makes sense. They pay someone $750/week, put them into developmental and in the meantime, they try to take away a company’s roster. And they can just leave those guys down in NXT.”

Under cross-examination, those claims have major issues. It is unrealistic for WWE to sign a few hundred wrestlers all at once, which they would have to do in pretty fast order to “sign an entire roster”. WWE does not have enough spots for that many people, whether it’s the main roster or NXT. Two for them to sign so much talent, what does creative have for them? They aren’t going to be able to use that many names, not without creating D, E, F, and G shows on the WWE Network. There’s no way creative can come up with long-term uses for all these newcomers, and many current roster members would have a far greater likelihood of being lost in the shuffle (see Zack Ryder). A bunch of them will end up sitting, and frankly quite a number of them make more money at their regular jobs and by taking two, three bookings a weekend on the indy circuit to easily surpass that amount.

Then comes the talent that WWE would have to put back on the payroll for this to happen. For instance, WWE would have to publicly apologize to each one of these wrestlers for how they treated them during their last go-around with the company:

John Morrison – There’s no way he’s going back after WWE fired him for refusing to break up and ex-communicate Melina Perez, of whom WWE had nuclear heat with. Why would Morrison ever trust them again and what business did WWE have blackmailing someone’s personal life like that?

Ivelisse Velez – WWE smeared this lady’s reputation claiming she had a horrible backstage attitude after cutting her – because she stated out loud she wanted to wrestle on the main roster. TNA dumped her after a Gutcheck match of which she clearly outwrestled her opponent, likely influenced by the unfair stigmatization.

Chavo Guerrero Jr. – What does WWE have to offer him now? A low mid-card slot which was where he was during his last stint. Not exactly attractive compared to the major storylines Lucha has put him in and the greater chance of being the major star he was unable to be in WCW and WWE.

Matt Cross – Was dumped in week two of Tough Enough 5 where the whole season destroyed any credibility the show still had left. The first loser Cameron Lynn turned out to be the true big winner as in she’s the only one on the main roster from that debacle. Cross would demand they publicly admit making a dumb mistake putting him on that show instead of NXT and cutting him so early, which won’t happen, thus Cross won’t waste his time with them again.

Rey Mysterio - He spent his last year with WWE on the sidelines, with WWE refusing to book him thinking he'll get hurt again after getting cleared. Rey had to fight tooth and nail to get released so he could wrestle again wherever he wanted. No way he returns to get another frozen contract.

PJ Black - The former Justin Gabriel floundered in prelim limbo after the breakup of Nexus with no involvement in any storylines for two years cause creative couldn't/wouldn't come up with anything for him, so he wanted out and got his release. Way too soon for him to entertain returning to WWE and being stuck in the exact same situation.

Brian Cage - WWE actually had him in developmental in 2009 but let him go after a year. TNA had him at Gutcheck but passed on him in favor of Jay Bradley. What would WWE do with him now that's better than his position at Lucha? Resume his feud with Alberto Del Rio over his head being shaved in Mexico? Not likely.

Black Lotus - Formerly Angela Fong, another person WWE had. Wrestled in NXT for a year but only got to be a backstage interviewer in WWE. And the current divas roster is loaded. Where would she fit? I doubt creative would come up with anything like Lucha did, making a return a waste of time.

Willie Mack - WWE signed him in 2014, but released him before he could even report to Orlando! Little too soon to try again after getting burned.

Matt Stryker - I doubt WWE wants him back on their announce team.

Cheerleader Melissa - WWE passed on her repeatedly, to which she went to TNA instead managing Amazing Kong. WWE NOW only shows interest in her cause she's wrestling for Lucha?

And after you get through the former WWE talent, the Mexican talent most of which wrestles for AAA would be an odd fit for WWE. Years ago they had a Super Astros show but unless WWE makes a major expansion into Mexico and runs more often than they've had in the past couple decades that's not happening. Currently WWE has only a couple Mexican wrestlers on its roster and I can count them on one hand. The other big problem is if WWE signed so many of these Lucha wrestlers, all of them would have to adapt to the WWE style and everyone remembers how well that worked out with Sin Cara/Mistico.

The bottom line is, Lucha Underground's fate rests with El Rey Network and decent viewership, the threat from WWE is in reality quite limited. Sure they signed back Alberto Del Rio, but he shouldn't had been cut from WWE in the first place.

Shows Attended 2015
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Seems the variety of promotions I attended went down quite a bit, but came under the 61 show mark from last year. I blame the fascist political correctness mob created by the worst president in history Barack Obama.

PWA - 16
Zero One - 11
HRW - 6
CIPW - 6
Dreamwave - 4
PGP - 4
UWC - 2
ROH - 1
SICW - 1
PWI - 1
PWE - 1

Total - 53

PWA Rankings End of 2015
PWA Heavyweight Title
(c)Guy Smith (24-9-2) 0.714
1. Benz (9-4) .692
2. Bryan Ealey (18-10-1) .638
3. Hatta (9-7) .563
4. Jimmy Karryt (5-5) .500
5. KC Jackson (4-2) .667

PWA Regional Title
(c)Derek Moss (17-12) .586
1. Bishop (8-9-1) .472
2. Phage (7-8) .467
3. Nelson Sixx (9-12-1) .432
4. Brad Stephens (5-7) .417
5. Roscoe (5-7) .417
6. MS Madman (3-3) .500
7. Jon Magnus (7-11-1) .395
8. Micah Pope (9-14) .391
9. Brent Dunn (3-5) .375
10. Crowley (1-1) .500

PWA Rankings End of October
This is getting to be a bit of a mess, Benz is injured at the worst possible time (well maybe he's better now since he won the rumble but it was a quick win getting the lucky last one in draw), SSP is inactive, so is Arson, and Blake Belakis is not doing PWA in the near future. Kinda worried about PWA's main event picture as I'm not seeing enough strong players to rotate through it. And the tag division still only has two teams in it right now. Only Derek Moss' Regional title run is truly competitive with drama. Dunno what will come out of the rumble, (Benz won so we have our main for November) but things appear to be in a valley.

PWA Heavyweight
(c)Guy Smith (23-9-2) .706
1. Benz (9-3) .750
2. Spencer Powers (13-6) .684
3. Bryan Ealey (17-10-1) .625
4. Blake Belakis (15-9-3) .611
5. Hatta (8-6) .571

(c) Derek Moss (15-12) .538
1. Brad Stephens (5-5) .500
2. Jimmy Karryt (5-5) .500
3. KC Jackson (4-2) .667
4. Tom Arson (11-12-1) .479
5. Phage (7-8) .467
6. Nelson Sixx (9-11-1) .452
7. Roscoe (5-7) .417
8. Schlitzy (6-9-1) .406
9. MS Madman (3-3) .500
10. Jon Magnus (6-10-1) .386

PWA Rankings End of September 2015
Well, I decided to count up everyone's records...so here's how the contenders shake out...

PWA Heavyweight
(c)Guy Smith (21-9-2)
1. Benz (8-3) .727
2. Spencer Powers (13-6) .684
3. Bryan Ealey (17-9-1) .648
4. Hatta (8-5) .615
5. Blake Belakis (15-9-3) .611

(c) Derek Moss (13-12) .520
1. Phage (7-7) .500
2. KC Jackson (4-2) .667
3. Tom Arson (11-12-1) .479
4. Nelson Sixx (9-11-1) .452
5. Brad Stephens (4-5) .444
6. Jimmy Karryt (4-5) .444
7. Schlitzy (6-8-1) .429
8. MS Madman (3-3) .500
9. Brent Dunn (3-4) .429
10. Roscoe (4-6) .400

Tag Team
(c) The Alliance (4-2) .667
1. MMJB (3-5)
2. Randy Ray & Nelson Sixx (1-1)
3. Guns of Liberty (1-1)
4. Brent Dunn & Roscoe (1-1)
5. Windy City Saints (1-2)

Zahra in Dreamwave...
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Comment on the Uproxx writer who thinks Zahra should be blackballed from I guess anything out in public - Frankly I'm sick and tired of all the social media crusaders/lynch mobbers running around destroying anyone who won't bow down and worship the "Political Correctness Monster". While I don't approve of her childish behavior on Instagram, I wonder if all the folks who called for my head for expressing my conservative point of view against the radical left-wing are going to give this woman a pass for posting Nazi imagery or realize feeding & growing the "Political Correctness Monster" will eventually backfire on them in a big way. Donald Trump sure as heck thwarted the monster at every turn making its handlers extremely frustrated. By the way, I don't foresee anyone quitting Dreamwave or boycotting the promotion either.

Bye bye Boehner
I'm surprised he gave it up outta the blue when it looked like he was gonna stubbornly stay around to benefit the K-street wing of the GOP. The fact of the matter is John Boehner was the poster child of America's rage against the "surrender party". He didn't get his position simply because he was owed it, he was elected to be the opposition fighting against the most radical left-wing hack ever elected president. In response, all Boehner ever did was cave, capitulate, and cower out of every fight. He surrendered first, then put on an act to make people think he was fighting Obama's agenda. NO ONE was fooled by any of his defiant speeches, because they knew at the end he was going to rubber stamp it. The Republican party was not voted into the House & Senate to go along to get along, because the American people saw what this president was doing to this country and wanted him stopped. Boehner was not willing to do that. Anyone who took up the sword to fight was stabbed in the back by Boehner and the K-street wing of the party, at the same Boehner made excuse after excuse claiming we didn't have the votes. But even if they didn't have the votes, he was unwilling to use any tool available that would have been effective. The last straw was Boehner's surrender immediately after the 2014 elections where during the lame-duck session he FULLY FUNDED Obamacare and FULLY FUNDED illegal amnesty fearing a government shutdown would wipe them out in 2016 (total BS). Boehner and anyone else who ran on an anti-Obama platform showed they lied out their asses to get reelected. The American people went apes*** because they were betrayed, and the loss of the US Senate in 2016 and however many house seats will be for EXACTLY THIS REASON. You don't break every campaign promise you made the day after you get reelected and expect not to suffer any consequences for it. In the end, EVERYONE hated John Boehner's guts. He had no friends, other than RINOs, and liberal K-Street donors who want extremely cheap labor to save millions of dollars in labor costs (while Americans are on street corner begging for food homeless & with no jobs). NO ONE WILL MISS Boehner. The man is the little kid who gets beaten up daily for his lunch money by a bully who is almost as weak as he is but still refuses to fight.

Good riddance Boehner, you gutless backstabbing coward. Sit back, and watch how a real conservative fights a left-wing lunatic and how things could had gone much differently had you had a spine and a set of balls. It's no wonder Trump, Carson, Carly & Cruz are so popular as outsiders who speak out against you and your ilk.

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So I need to come up with a new name for the TV show and podcast I make - the NBS has been retired. It will be PWCI as the placeholder name for the TV show, the podcast may be a bit tricky to figure out as the obvious names have been taken and/or used in the area recently.

Missouri Professional Wrestling regulations are unconstitutional.
By Todd Humphrey
May 10, 2015 at 9:57am

I sit here today and wonder exactly how the state of Missouri has gotten to this point in state regulations. I'm sure in the beginning, the regulations set forth by the state which created the bureaucracy that is known as the "Missouri Office of Athletics" were brought about by mostly good intentions. However, the road to hell is paved with good intentions, and as everyone knows the only thing bureaucracies do is impose more and more unnecessary controls on honest, hard working law abiding citizens, such as myself.

The regulations for boxing, MMA, and professional wrestling in the state of Missouri are so strict, that it inhibits the prosper of anyone who strives to provide honest and clean entertainment to the residents and visitors of our state. Allow me to expand on them. In order to promote professional wrestling in the state of Missouri, you have to be a licensed professional wrestling promoter. The license fee on that is $400.00 for a two year license payable to the Missouri Office of Athletics. In order to qualify for a promoters license, you must first obtain a surety bond in the amount of $5000.00 which runs roughly about $100.00/year, already we're at a total expenditure of $600.00 to be permitted by the state of Missouri to promote our product. This is only the beginning, the next step is to obtain a "permit" for each event we promote. These permits were a mere $25.00 per event when I started in this business 16 years ago. Things always change, however, when bureaucracies feed their unending appetite for more control. The permit fees now for a professional wrestling show are $150.00/event. The fee remains $25.00 for boxing and MMA. The executive director of the Missouri Office of Athletics, Mr. Tim Lueckenhoff has gone on record in a response to my initial complaints to my legislators saying: "It should be noted that the permit fee for each wrestling event was increased in from $25 per show to $150 per show in 2004. This was necessary because the office prior to 2004 was regulating approximately 275 wresting shows a year.The majority of those show was taking in less than $20 in athletic taxes and the office was losing money on the regulation of almost every show." It's worth mention that the state has declared any advertisements of professional wrestling events illegal until there is a permit issued for the show in question. Mr. Lueckenhoff boasted in his response: "I found the advertisement on NWA’s website. I immediately called the person I believed to be promoting the show that being Charles Wilcox. Mr. Wilcox was advised to remove all advertisement until such time as a promoter license,bond and permit was issued for the event." Correct me if I'm wrong, but that is a blatant violation of the first amendment of the United States Constitution. Advertisement for our shows is done in several different ways, first is word of mouth. When you develop a core base of fans of your product, and they ask "when's the next show?" This is a common question heard often. We also mainly advertise by use of printed flyers which are placed on display at many private property businesses such as convenience stores, and other places. There are times when radio advertisements are bought, and of course internet advertising such as here on Facebook, our website, and Twitter. All of these forms of advertisement are forbidden by the Office of Athletics until we buy a permit for the event in question, thus denying us of our first amendment rights.

Next we have the issue of participant licensure. Each wrestler appearing in matches for the card must be licensed by the state. All licenses expire on June 30th of even years. The cost for the wrestlers to be licensed is $40.00. However, the requirements for wrestlers include a physical examination by a doctor, HIV, and hepatitis B&C blood tests. In response to this, Mr. Lueckenhoff states: "After the blood rule went into effect the office did make attempts to modify the rule for wrestling contestant to make them less stringent, however, the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules advised that all contestants must be treated the same." It should be noted that this response was given right before his statement on permit fees. So, in Mr. Lueckenhoff's office, all "contestants" must be treated the same, but in the same paragraph, promoters must be oppressed. His reasoning: "Regulation is necessary because on the independent level such as NWA, contestant are trying to make a name for themselves. We have seen contestants try hit each other with light bulbs, wrestle with thumbtacks in the ring and even in one instance a table was set on fire with lighter fluid and a wrestler was body slammed on to the table. The other problem is that state licensing holds promoters accountable to a higher authority, therefore, civic and charitable organizations as well as venues had a place to file a complaint in the event on an injustice by unscrupulous promoters. Other professional sports teams have entities that regulate them such as MLB, NHL, NFL etc,therefore another layer of regulation in unnecessary. Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts are regulated by the office because there are no other oversight bodies to ensure of proper regulation." I would like to make one thing crystal clear, what you're seeing is a prime example of a bureaucracy that has completely overstepped its mandate as most bureaucracies do. Mr. Lueckenhoff does not have the professional knowledge to instruct me or any other promoter on how to operate our business. His area of expertise is in criminal justice, of which he has a BS. This proves that the Office of Athletics is in no way qualified to tell me how to operate my business, that is also unconstitutional, it violates the first, ninth and thirteenth amendments. He says we promoters are held to a "higher authority" There is no higher authority to be held to than the honest, hard working citizens who buy tickets and come to our events, the state of Missouri is under their authority. As I have stated before, the free market dictates success in business. Government can't cause success, however, government can hinder success. In defense of the inspectors from the Missouri Office of Athletics, Mr. Lueckenhoff states: "The majority of inspectors who work wrestling events for the office have been involved in the sport of wrestling either as promoters, contestants or other interested parties." Basically saying that these inspectors have gone out of business for one reason or another, because of that, they're qualified to dictate to me how to operate my business.

It's a shame that this business is the way it is in that the promoters in the state won't band together and rid the state of this unconstitutional behavior. Instead, most promoters are only out for themselves and at times use this out of control bureaucracy as a tool to hurt the promotions they see as a threat. Myself, I'm happy to work with any promoter anywhere in order to promote Professional Wrestling in our state, and without state regulations, wrestling would prosper in that we would more easily be able to afford to bring in bigger names on our cards, we would be able to produce a much more fan-friendly product each time, without the fear of some state inspector looking over our shoulder, and telling us in an unconstitutional way what we can and can't do. We here at NWA Central-States Championship Wrestling take pride in the fact that we've never shown any disrespect to any other promotion in this region. However, there are those who do anything to try and make us a casualty of the unjust regulations in the state of Missouri.

My partners fear that the things I say publicly about these unconstitutional regulations will cause us trouble. I have no fear, however, as I will remind everyone who reads this note, including those of you at the Office of Athletics, no retaliation can be legally taken upon me for exposing this unjust regulation. I will not hesitate to take action against the Office of Athletics if I feel at anytime there is retaliation taken against my license. Mr Lueckenhoff also stated in the opening to his response of my initial complaint: "Mr. Humphrey has not been licensed in Missouri since 2006." I would like to respond directly to that. Mr. Lueckenhoff, I have the utmost respect for you, and personally I find you to be pleasant and friendly. I will kindly remind you though, Tim, I sir am a taxpaying resident of this state. I do not and will not bow in submission to any state agency or official. It doesn't work that way. I am making preparations to request seeing the entire budget, expenditures, and income of the Office of Athletics. Because of it being a public bureaucracy, the state is required to provide me with that information. Myself, I want to see exactly what's coming in, and going out.

The Central IL Promotion of the Year Presentation Speech
This was the speech given at Lanphier High School when Pinfall Wrestling Association was presented the central Illinois promotion of the year award.

Ladies and gentlemen, you’ve heard all the rumors, I’ve certainly gotten an earful from the few who figured it out or learned about it early, and now I stand here to present the promotion of the year award. Before I do, I know once the news fully gets out my phone and email will be burning up folks yelling, how can you claim PWA is a better promotion than the last promotion of the year winner? The truth of the matter is, I’m not going to say PWA is a superior promotion to everyone else. I’m also not going to claim that the PWA roster is superior to the last promotion of the year winner that is an argument that neither you nor I would have any chance of winning. And frankly, if you walked up to me a year ago and told me that PWA would be the promotion of the year over Dreamwave, I would had said no way. And moreover, I was asked where I saw PWA in five years, but my answer would had been would you have predicted that this is how central Illinois wrestling would be now versus five years ago? We still believe Dreamwave is the gold standard of pro wrestling in this state. So how is it that the NBS would award PWA the promotion of the year?

After last year’s NBS Awards I explained in an editorial comment that promotions would have to find a way to stand out from the competition. While roster is just one aspect of a great promotion, it’s not the lone factor. In 2013, a lot of you weren’t here to witness PWA. Average attendance was below 50 at a lot of those events. Toward the end of the year, things started to turn. Attendance was starting to grow and soon attendance was a healthy three digits in the little Jaycee’s Activity Center. Sponsorships came together. Then the event that made the statement that PWA was going to be a much bigger player on the local scene was held at Goals got nearly 200 people in the building, double what another promotion did a year ago with a higher caliber lineup.

Years ago the Nose Bleed Seats established the NBS Pro Wrestling Training center over in Decatur to fill a void in CI, a places for local talent to practice and create new talent. The NBS produced Derek Moss, Tony G, Perry Winkle, Nelson Sixx and Randy Ray that you see in the ring today. Guy Smith was the head trainer back then, now he is the head trainer with PWA’s training facility producing new wrestlers along with helping others who seek to a comeback. You’ve seen a few of those folks wrestle already, like Brent Dunn and Elijah Raheem, and one who made his comeback Brad Stephens. And the biggest surprise came at the end of the year when PWA announced they were bringing pro wrestling back to Lanphier High School.

PWA’s credo is that they make stars, not bring in stars, to grow itself. All the while PWA is providing a solid program in the ring, drawing really well with strictly homegrown talent. The bottom line, PWA earned the promotion of the year award by being the most improved promotion in central Illinois. The mission statement of the Nose Bleed Seats has been to advocate and encourage improving the local scene in every way possible. That expectation has been met and then some by PWA in 2014 as the most improved promotion in central Illinois and that should be rewarded.

The challenge for PWA for this coming year is to get their stars on the road, organize a caravan to other promotions around this state and neighboring ones to show they aren’t limiting themselves to just being players in good-ole Springpatch. Seek out more, demonstrate you should be recognized and move up the ladder in the independent scene so you may a big player in the Midwest or the nation! For those who believe PWA doesn’t meet your standards of a pro wrestling event, there are plenty of choices out there within reasonable driving distance, turn out, support them, build them up because if they get bigger, that will encourage others to step up their game to match it. For those of you who prefer PWA over every other promotion in the state of Illinois, keep turning out and filling up this gymnasium, and tell others why you like PWA and why they should too. But for now, it gives me great pleasure in one of the biggest upsets of the NBS Awards ever to present Pinfall Wrestling Association the 2015 Promotion of the Year Award.

Weak Brownout-hut Wrasslin'
Well...World Powerhouse Wrestling has demonstrated they have no ounce of professionalism in them, going so far as rehashing a former promoters' smear against me concocted when he was exercising his gay fetishes with people staring through bathroom stalls like former Senator Larry Craig to cover up for their own bad shows, bad matches and bad wrestling and the very embarrassing picture circulating of one of their guys throwing up in the ring last weekend (featured on WFFM). Therefore, the STLWC and the NBS for that matter will not be covering this promotion in the future. Certain people need to grow up and realize they aren't in grade school anymore, the wrestling scene has evolved far beyond what they were ever capable of doing, and there's a reason why most of their roster were rarely booked ever since FTW shut down. The STL Wrestling Scene ain't what it was in the mid-2000's, it's far stronger with five or six good promotions with top talent and not so tolerant of crap.

The Anti-Christmas Shoes Song
If hearing the Christmas Shoes song makes you sick, here's your antidote!

The Long Rap Sheet of Brian Neil Holland & the Farce that was CWU
A follow-up to a story more than a week ago that we hadn't been able to get to until now. We now have some details on the disaster that was Championship Wrestling United courtesy of Derek Martine, mixed in with info from multiple sources and what I've been able to dig up searching on Google --

The event was originally supposed to be held at Memorial Gymnasium in Eau Claire, WI on November 22nd. However, the original venue was never confirmed despite posting flyers all over the city. As a result the show was moved to The Black Horse Bar in Winona, MN. They advertised Booker T, Vader, Chris Masters, Rick Steiner & Ken Anderson. Masters despite communications between him and the promoter disavowed being booked. Booker T also denied being booked. Steiner & Vader never got transport arranged for them by the promoter thus did not attend either. Only Ken Anderson appeared for this event. Originally presale tickets were anywhere from $7.50 to $32.50, but changed to just $10 at the door of the bar. Attendance was counted between 70-80 according to one source, others claim 30-40. Anderson was paid half of what he was promised, four others received partial pay as well, the rest did not. A bar who sponsored the event and was booked for an after party in Eau Claire was left holding the bag after the show was moved. Both the FB & website for CWU has since been taken down.

Brian Neil HollandThe promoter, Brian Holland (pictured), who hails from Suffork, Virginia, tried to pay the gym with a check from a closed account a week before the show in Eau Claire. The venue checked to see if the check was valid the day after it was received, discovered it wasn't and called police. Holland was arrested for check fraud on Nov. 20th, but was able to make bail a short time later from funds sent via a third party. He is to go to court on December 3rd for that charge.

A bit of digging into Holland's background reveals he's accumulated quite a rap sheet. Holland also has been previously arrested in North Carolina for indecent liberties with a child and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile from an incident that occurred in 2007. We don't know if he was convicted on that charge, as NC has its online court records behind a pay-wall but he is not registered as a sex offender in that state. Holland also has a pending assault charge in North Carolina set for court in February 2015. He's had prior arrests in Virginia for contempt of court and being a fugitive from justice. He was busted for driving with a suspended license in Tennessee. He was also accused of scamming a bunch of people and vendors in an event called "Spiritcon 2012" that was never held. And then there's this bizarre story where he claimed to be an FBI informant against a white supremacist group and scammed for donations in a phony run for president of the United States in 2008.

Information from his personal website on WIX.com claims his parents were wrestling promoters in the Carolinas back in the 1990s, and Holland got involved with it during his teenage years. He also supposedly hosted a weekly wrestling radio show on WLPM 1450AM. He ran for city council in Suffolk, VA at age 19 but lost. He became the news director of WLQM in Franklin, VA in 1995. He also was co-host of a national morning radio show with Ernie Davis on AM America syndicated on 92 stations. Later he became host of the Graveyard Shift which was syndicated to 104 stations before going to a noon-time interview program on WHKT.

Holland had attempted to run shows in Tennessee and Michigan under the CWU name, he has also tried to resurrect Pro Wrestling Unplugged seeking funding from investors from a site similar to Kickstarter. PWU originally was started in 2004 by Johnny Kashmere but closed down in 2010. So what about Holland's partner in this CWU Rich Richards? Well, it is suspected that Holland and Richards are one and the same person.

Bottom line, it appears that Holland was able to pull the wool over so many eyes with his previous positive credentials and experience while concealing his negative ones. It also begs the question if he had a successful radio career going, why he did he throw all that away charging down this path? Hopefully with all this information out in the open he'll have a much tougher time trying this again, that's if he avoids jail time to get the chance.

Sean Hubbard rants about the local state of the wrestling scene...
This is the beginning of what will become a weekly segment that may also be done a couple times a week. Ladies & Gentlemen Welcome to The Rampage Rant. Today's Edition We Talk Indy Wrestling.

When I first started in the wrestling business around 2002 the Wrestling Commission in Illinois had just been lifted about one year prior. For those that are NOT aware Illinois used to be a licensed state for Professional Wrestling events and you could not run a show without one of these licenses. It wasn't until the Commission was lifted in Illinois that we started to see an abundance of companies pop up all over the state. Wrestling around this time was really hot because you had all the guys that were making names for themselves like C.M. Punk, Matt Sydal, Claudio Castagnoli and several others that would go on to become BIG TIME stars and make it to the grand daddy of them all in Professional Wrestling. But let me stop there for a minute and emphasis this the guys listed above were Professional Wrestlers that were turned into Sports Entertainers. The big times have not focused on the basics of wrestling for a very long time its more about the drama and the bull**** then it is about the wrestling anymore.

Anyway back to the rant... In this time period you had wrestling companies that put emphasis on the wrestling and they were able to put butts in seats each and every month because they made the people on their rosters the stars and put the emphasis on them. They also didn't focus in bringing in the former television names each and every show they did it sparingly to make it mean something and never brought in the top name you could get in at that time right away because they had the philosophy that you had to be able to outdo yourself the next time you brought in a name You fast forward to today and you've got companies all over the state of Illinois and beyond that can not figure out to put asses in seats because they aren't doing everything they could be doing for their company. You've got companies in Illinois that have to bring in names each and every show just to survive because they themselves are the ones that started that trend over 5 years ago. Its not just one area of IL that there is a problem it is the whole damn state from north to south from east to west there are wrestling companies EVERYWHERE you turn all over the country. People in the business have NOT protected it enough to make it to where every tom dick and harry could NOT get in. Now if you've got money and can buy gear, a ring, sound equipment, & beyond you can run a show, even if you've never been trained to be a wrestler yourself ( I can name quite a few companies like this). Then you have companies that want to run but they are "Non for Profit"... HOW THE **** DOES THAT WORK???

You have companies all over Illinois that don't understand the concept and the power of TV Advertising... their excuse is it's costly... It ONLY is if you do NOT plan accordingly. Your main market is the people that watch RAW, TNA, & Smackdown each and every week and the ONLY way to reach them is to advertise during those shows. Everyone thinks that they can put up flyers and put their event information up on here and its going to put tons of butts in the seats. I speak from experience and say that NOTHING could be further then the truth. It is your job as a promoter to make sure you are getting the word out there in every single solitary way you possibly can. The more people that know about your show and more ways of getting the word out there the better your chances are of drawing a full house. But you also have companies out there that want to put a **** product out there and then wonder why the **** people do NOT come back the following show.

Ed Chuman once told me it takes a LIFETIME to gain a fan, but it takes a split second to lose them and a lifetime to gain them back if ever. Meaning if the product is consistently good the people will return each and every time but if the product hits a low point you may lose them and once you've lost them they are gone for good unless you are lucky enough to regain them by some miracle. This is NOT just a problem in Illinois its a problem in ALL unsanctioned states for professional wrestling. Wrestling is something that is one of my passions and something I find that is sacred to me. I'm not saying wrestling can be restored back to it's glory days from the 70's & 80's, but I am saying you can break yourself away from the trend that has been created and put the emphasis on the wrestling itself and the story telling that you would see asses return to seats month after month and you would see yourself turn a profit. People want WRESTLING! Not a comedy show, some soap opera drama, or a spotfest, or an absolute bloodbath massacre for that matter. You have to find a good balance and know that your job as a promoter is to dictate to the fans what they want, how they want it, and when they are going to see it... NOT the other way around and several promoters in Illinois & Across the country need to learn this.

People we can make Professional Wrestling come back it's not DEAD, it just needs a breath of fresh life breathed into it. You also have people that believe that Kayfabe is dead..Its ONLY as dead as YOU make it. It's your job as a promoter to make sure that the mystery factor and suspense factor is there at all times. You also have promotions all over the state of Illinois and the whole country that are running the same areas and over saturating the areas instead of working together with the same goal in mind. Pro Wrestling used to be a family, but now you have every tom dick and harry out for themselves.

You also have promoters that do NOT understand booking 101 that if your the promoter and your actively wrestling in your own company that you NEVER under ANY circumstances put the MAIN belt on yourself because that's what your paying the guys on the rest of your roster for and if you don't have a guy worthy enough of holding your main title to carry your company that you prolly have no business running shows in the first place. If ANY promoter is actively wrestling in their own company and puts their MAIN title on themselves it's done to inflate their already overly large EGO.

-End Rant

Shows attended 2014 Jan-Dec.
Dreamwave - ****** 6
HRW - *** 3
IWAM - **** 4
PGP - ***** 5
PWA - ********* 9
PWG - ********* 9
Other - *** 3
ROH - * 1
SICW - * 1
SkyPro - ** 2
USACW - * 1
UWC - * 1
WIA - * 1
WWE - ** 2
Zero One - ************ 12

Total - 61

Holy cow! End of September hit 50, and I proceeded to smash my prior mark for shows attended in a calender year! Zero 1, PWA & PWG took the bulk. I am gonna not try attending this many in 2015...

Joey Grunge calls out Axl Rotten for no showing IWA Midwest
On October 18th in Pekin, IL, a match was booked between Tracy Smothers versus Dan the Man, but DTM was to have a mystery corner man to counter Waylon Beck in Smothers corner. However, the person slated to appear was a no show, and after a week with no contact able to be made comes this statement -

I've waited long enough and believe I've been more than professional about this matter. As some saw on the Oct. 18th flyer there was a outline of a body on the flyer. I felt like since the show was called Extreme Measures that I would bring in an extreme surprise for the show. I contacted Axl Rotten, an agreement was made, a plane ticket was bought, the deal was sealed and done on my end. I kept my word on everything that was agreed on. On Oct. 18th myself and a few fellow staff members headed to the airport to pick up Axl for the evening's show. We arrived at the airport 15 minutes before the flight was supposed to land and waited. Flight landed and waited and waited and didn't see Axl anywhere. I went to the ticket counter and started asking questions, showed the attendant at the counter the confirmation number and was told that the ticket was cancelled by NO SHOW. I asked her to explain, she said that he didn't show up. I started to call and text and nothing. I got on Facebook and messaged him, had no response. So myself and staff members headed back to the venue. I kept trying to contact him however, nothing. About an hour later I kept checking my Facebook messages and still no response. However, he posted something by Twitter stating that he lost his phone. Now it's been over a week now and still nothing. I understand if he lost his phone however if you can get on Twitter and post that you lost your phone then why couldn't you take a few moments and message me on Facebook telling me what was going on? As people know when I started running shows I strived to honor my word and kept every agreement made with anyone that I brought in. Some people will get on here and talk trash but then again are you the one out the money for the ticket?

So for the ones that asked me at the show and have messaged me asking questions this is what exactly happened.

COMMENT: I have a theory on a motive for a no-show, but there isn't a good reason to skip out and just disappear. Axl Rotten could had called collect at a pay phone but chose not to do so. As it stands blowing off the booking and hoping no one would notice never works and it's yet another item on the list of dumb things done. More to come...


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