I had avoided wrestling Pay-Per-Views for the most part, preferring to spend my hard-earned money on travel and tickets to local promotions. This trend ended in November of 2013 after a 7 hour drive that was interrupted by two hours of wrestling that somewhat dimmed my excitement.

I’ve aired my complaints about some independent shows before so I won’t retread that…I retract that. I won’t go into in-depth details. I love seeing career wrestlers who still love their craft. I don’t mind seeing stars in their second run and any change in appearance that time has granted is overshadowed often by my awe of these people. But at the same time there are performers that have lost some of the fun that goes with their job, be it as a heel or a babyface. That goes for technique and persona though I can be forgiving if someone has more of one than the other if the deficit isn’t TOO big. Don’t be a sloppy wrestler and have no personality but don’t think that a lot of jawing and posturing makes up for sloppy or dangerous technique.

At each show I’ve seen some standout performers that have the total package. Jimmy Rockwell, Brian Breaker, Elvis Aligula are all great examples of people who I’ve only seen once, out of town and thoroughly enjoyed. On the home front I saw not only Stevie Richards, Adam Pearce and Ace Steel, all of whom have had nationally known careers with ‘the big promotions’ as well as runs at the local promotion of Metro Pro Wrestling, but also those that run on the independent circuits such as The Iceman, Showtime Bradley Charles, The King Brothers, Skylar Pierce and Mark Sterling (The Kansas City Killers), Jeremy Wyatt, Magic Man, Ms. Natural, Evan Gelistico, Pierre Abernathy and Gary Jay but many others.

Last night was the Royal Rumble and is probably the 2nd of the PPV’s I’ve ordered over the last sixth months. It’s a compromise between me and the Poppa Bear during the winter months when he is often working overtime during the week and isn’t up for traveling. The kickoff was The New Age Outlaws against the Rhodes Brothers. Goldust has come back as a strong performer and his speed and technique have been blowing me away! Coupled with his brother they make a great team that can run the ring for 30 minutes without pause. I realize that technically Goldust is sort of in-between Cody and the Outlaws in terms of era’s and the Outlaws are in fantastic shape…But even if it was time for a belt change it shouldn’t have been to a team that last had the belt 14 years ago. Kudo’s for the record boys but instead they should have continued featuring the newer teams to build up the tag-team competition which had already really been coming out strong!

Daniel Bryan versus Bray Wyatt - This was a great match overall. Do I wish Bryan had come out on top? Sure. Disappointed in the match? Nope.

The Big Show versus Brock Lesnar - Meh. This feud seemed a little iffy as if creative kind of hit a dead end on The Big Show versus the Authority and didn’t know how to unpaint themselves from the corner. Big Show and Kane would have made more sense to me all things considered. The brutality of Lesnar, even though he’s known for being ruthless, seemed excessive and poorly planned.

Randy Orton versus John Cena - I’m not a Cena fan but this match wasn’t bad. The knockout to Charles Robinson and the subsequent count out wasn’t bad. I love that all the players in this match were willing to sell each bump and really worked well together.

Then comes the Royal Rumble match. If this had been on Old School RAW! or some other commemorative type event I think the entrance of some of these participants would have made more sense. Up till entry 13 it was going about as expected and was very excited.

Then there was Kevin Fucking Nash (Excuse the expletive but that’s exactly what I said. Diesel has been an idol of mine for ages. I’m only 5ft tall so his height alone is awe-inspiring among all the other reasons I like him.) I could have thought this was just some kind of out of body experience but there he was in all his sexy glory. El Torito was an entertaining addition and I am often amazed at what that man can do. Then we get to JBL, who is a remarkable wrestler and analyst, and it starts to get…silly.

We come to the last four men in the ring…then the last two and I am completely invested. The move that eliminated Roman Reigns was well done. But Batista didn’t need to win…he didn’t need the push. He’s over with just about everyone he’s going to get over with and as a former member of Evolution I think he would have been better off to play the Triple H role in creating a new, similar, stable.

I know every promotion has favorites and sometimes the show suffers for that but in Metro Pro Wrestling whether you were in the business for a year or ten, everyone seemed to get the chance to be part of the roster with full due rather than a half-assed promotion followed by being smacked down (Damien Sandow, Kofi Kingston anyone?) once you started to gain traction. (Let’s not forget Daniel Bryan…Though in his case he’s too over for WWE to completely quash.) With Metro Pro I felt that the talent had to first show they COULD perform but after that they were given the chance to perform and sure the jewelery matters but everyone can’t have a belt at the same time and in order to really keep the talent fresh you have to be willing to rotate it.

I still believe there is room and revenue for Metro Pro Wrestling to return to Kansas City and be a viable business. I think the fans can help be the driving force and have even considered promoting a Kickstart or Fundme type drive to try to raise enough to get another 6 months of true quality shows and wrestlers rather than paying for the WWE Network or travel and tickets to a sub-par show.

Anyone else think the idea has merit….? :)

This isn’t some diatribe about how I’m a better parent or some claptrap like that. The entire situation wasn’t even a big deal but it did raise some thought provoking conversation.

Poppa Bear has never been a 14 year-old girl. I appreciate that sometimes this makes him see things from the outside and approach with a logic that I nor the kidlet can access sometimes. But sometimes understanding how it feels to be a 14 year old girl you do know the root of some reactions and feelings that the kid possibly isn’t aware of or can control. Remember yourself at 14? Boy or girl you probably make a jackarse out of yourself and sometimes those memories come back as adults and make us cringe…But they are learning experiences.

So when something happened and I disagreed with the direction that Poppa Bear took in response. I didn’t talk over him or ignore what he was saying. I didn’t insult his intelligence or parenting capabilities. All I did was say I didn’t think he was going the right thing and why. It wasn’t that he was wrong but I could tell he was missing some insights.

I know partners who would NEVER second guess their other half in discipline matters for fear of creating a division that the child can exploit. To this I say that you’re whitewashing that you’ve probably got some poor communication going on with your partner. Kids can and will try to pit us against each other as they test boundaries and yes, sometimes it works. But if after the first time you and your partner miss the opportunity to use it to create a stronger communication with each other than you’re missing a great opportunity in your lives and your child’s life.

So I stepped in and disagreed and we proceeded to hash out the pro’s and con’s of each of our viewpoints (in short form, we didn’t want to lose the focus on the baby bear caused by the initial catalyst.) and by posing questions to the kidlet as we did so we accomplished several things.

1: We constructively discussed and eventually agreed upon a course of action through an exchange of ideas, feelings and viewpoints from both parental units.

2: We used our own conflict to create a conversation aligned with the original problem to get information from the kidlet in the interest of quantifying each of our positions both solidifying our course of action AND making sure we had as much of the full story as possible.

3: Our kidlet saw two adults in a disagreement that included many facets who agreed on some things, disagreed on others and still walked about with a course of action that focused on the actual problem rather than dragging in a lot of extraneous things that were only connected by very sketchy association. People do not always get along and no compromise happens without some disappointment but if you think something is right or wrong that you should speak up, it’s the only way to be heard.
We’re not perfect parents. We’ve made some mistakes including those inevitable ones where we miss the signs of things right in front of us that every parent makes in some fashion and we’ll probably make a lot more in our efforts to raise a semi-productive person.

How I miss my Metro Pro! PLEASE tell me that with the inclusion in the new sanctioning body we will see them come back soon because nothing has stacked up to a Metro Pro event.
New signatures to add to the collection? Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, Elvis Aligula (I will NEVER spell that right…) and Brian Breaker. Entered the raffle…And got the third place consolation prize. A “The Rock” school folder…*Cringe* Oh well it was all for the fun.
I do have some frustrations about what I see when I go to other promotions sometimes. Metro Pro Wrestling had a caliber that I have yet to see recreated in the general area (IE: less than a 3 hour drive…). I know that new wrestlers have to hone their craft in front of a live audience and while I can overlook the quick fixes when a hold doesn’t go right, a little bit of obvious ring direction etc…I can’t stand matches where the contenders have no personality especially if the match has no momentum. Some contestants have an awareness of each of their limbs, their facial expressions and their voice each moment they’re in the ring so they’re able to embody personality each second they’re in the ring, even in a basic headlock. THOSE wrestlers get remembered after the show when we’re driving home. Even WWE isn’t immune to this problem. Curtis Axel has great talent and maybe it’s been stifled so far on the mic and all and I think he’s definitely starting to evolve.

But this time, I am speaking specifically about the WLW event I went to this weekend. I will probably garble some names along the way but in some ways that reinforces my point. I LOVE WLW, let me get that said right out of the gate. Harley Race continues to provide an excellent place for up and coming wrestlers to test their skills, learn from professionals who have gone to the zenith of the sport, those who spent their career on the mid-card even though they had the talent to be superstars because they were so good at getting others over.

This isn’t  a play by play…I don’t think I could do that very well. The opener provided some good interactive drama between Ace Steele and Leland Race who were to compete later in the evening. Ace Steele mentored CM Punk at one point and you can definitely see his influence or possibly vice versa. A great talker and very aware of the crowd. He brought out his nephew…I don’t recall his first name but his last name was Cutler. Apparently he’s a young wrestler. He was a little stiff but you could definitely see the potential, not just the athletic potential but his persona as well. Leland got the win and was guaranteed to face Steele later in the night.

And here’s where it gets a bit murky. The following matches kind of blend together. This was the end of a training camp week so I know a lot of these guys have had a hard week and many of them may have been new to all of this. Some I’ve seen before and they’re still missing that ‘It’ factor needed to stick out. The tag team match was good. John Well/Webb (That is probably not the guys last name but all I can hear in my head is one very very vocal fan who kept calling out ‘Come on John’) was phenomenal…reminded me of a young Billy Kidman with just a touch of Raven in there for added edge. The ladies match wasn’t bad…but they went back and forth in the personality department.

The two matches that really vied for top spot are Elvis versus Brian Breaker for the WLW belt and Ace versus Leland Race. I personally believe the Elvis and Breaker match edges out the main event due to the consistent talent by both wrestlers. Breaker has the build of a power wrestler and enough speed and agility to not be doing just lock ups and Elvis is the perfect arrogant heel. Due to an untimely interruption I missed the actual last seconds of the match but I understand Elvis retained the belt.

And I’m going to come right out and say it: I am not necessarily a fan of Leland Race in the ring at this time.

He’s got athletic skill! He really does…But so far he is inconsistent with his momentum and his personality. No, I don’t expect another CM Punk or Dean Ambrose but at times he seems…too stiff to be likeable. Then, randomly he exhibits a speed and focus that just stuns you. Actually it reminds me of Goldust several years ago. I would be thrilled to see him make that kind of evolution. It’s also possible that he’s been paired with opponents I am predisposed to prefer due to previous exposure or other factors.

However, my summing of up Leland Race sort of sums up my feelings about the other promotions I’ve visited since Metro Pro went on hiatus. They have some great moments…and then there’s a serious dry spell. I’ve never experienced that at a MPW event…and I didn’t drive 3 hours for an event.

Happy Friday!
What a wringer of a week! I have always been an advocate for the causes that I love, which as you know, includes wrestling. 
Because this year is the 50th anniversary of the famous ‘I have a dream speech’ and the actual date, 8/28/13, passed just this week I had thought to incite the other MPW fans to protest, peacefully, for our cause. Granted, this weekends intense heat advisory did not work in our favor since we don’t want anyone, corporate executives included, to get heat stroke. I still haven’t given up on the idea either. If various groups can petition and protest for change why not fans of MPW?
Which lead me to consider my position and my dogged determination to continue this campaign. I will still continue to find sponsors to bring back Metro Pro Wrestling with or without any support from their original home of Metro Sports. I still think it can be accomplished too. But, groundswell efforts do take a bit more time than expected.
So when Metro Pro Wrestling comes back I wonder what your opinion will be then….of where it fits in your programming…
Enjoy the holiday weekend and please give to your local firemen raising money for MDA!

Sarah

Hello Metro Sports!


So before now I have shared that my dad is the one that got me into professional wrestling as a kid. We would watch this syndicated stuff at about 11 on some weekend nights but then there was always a show Saturday mornings.  I know for a few years it was some AWA stuff but then most of it was NWA.

I kept trying to get my dad to join us for a Metro Pro event and he had planned to recently but his health interfered and unfortunately it was the same night that Chris announced that Metro Pro was going on ‘hiatus’. Crushed! I so wanted to return the favor!

Today my father suffered a work accident. Thankfully, it wasn’t as serious as it really could of been but he broke some bones etc. As I drove to the hospital but before I knew what kind of injuries we were really looking at my mind rolled through all the possibilities, then regrets. You know, the silly things like ‘I should have called him this weekend.’ to ‘Should I pick up some tea? (My dad is addicted to southern sweet tea and he gets cranky if there isn’t any sweet enough)’ and for as silly as it sounds…During a moment where I imagined the worst…I thought: I wish he’d have gone that night…I may not get to….

I stopped myself then because it was a bit dramatic and a bit silly. But it did highlight how much wrestling is woven into my childhood and my relationship with my parents. My mother, before she passed, was in love with John Cena, my brothers were already Rock fans…

I will find a way to bring MPW back…one way or another…with or without Metro Sports…Though with would sure make it happen more quickly.

What a long emotional day.

Regards,

Sarah

Good Afternoon!
I frequently read individual contributors to the Yahoo! Sports Network, one in particular who like me was a professional wrestling fan back in the days of the AWA and NWA. A recent article by him was in regards to how much current social media impacts professional wrestling. This refers to the occasional taping of some of their shows which air on television a couple of days after the live event.
 
Another point of pride for Metro Pro Wrestling is that most fans and wrestlers maintain the kafaybe illusion by not spilling the results ahead of when that match aired. This showed the dedication of the fans and everyone involved and that respect for the sport is unparalleled in most arena’s, cities, clubs and leagues. Having following the show without participating in social media for the most part (I really don’t like Facebook but have accepted its necessity. I still refuse to use Twitter.) at least until recently, I wasn’t aware of the lengths fans went to protect this show which was taped once a month then aired in 4 block segments. I had seen fans tell wrestlers that they’d had a great match but then I realized no-one was congratulating winners…until after the match had aired on Metro Sports! It wasn’t that they didn’t know the outcome they were willing to abide a while and not spoil it for the fans who hadn’t been able to attend the live event! Even the wrestlers didn’t brag until the show aired.
 
That’s a dedication to the sport, the drama, the wrestlers and the fans that most national promotions don’t have. I’ve actually seen this across several of the independent promotions in the Midwest but it has always been a point of pride when following Metro Pro Wrestling online and many of the wrestlers how well they protect the product.
 
I wonder if the same could be said of many other so called professionals.
 

Sarah

There is a lot to be said for having a passion. In my case, that passion is professional wrestling even though I don’t keep up with the independent promotions on the East or West Coast as much as I could/should. I admit that part of the draw for me is the connection to the Kansas City area and to my childhood. I felt a resurgence of that with Metro Pro Wrestling and then to watch my ‘bored with life’ teenager get involved in the excitement of the crowd and the event itself.
 
I’ve made this point before but now with the start of school and the hassles of keeping a teen on task with homework etc. and the friction that causes I’m sadly reminded of what seems to be our last ‘argue-free’ night. That’s an exaggeration but the nostalgia is still my point. Like most families we’re busy, the husband is now working overtime due to the season so dinner time is a bit scattered, the kid is in school clubs and events and…But being able to set aside that one night a month was a great breather as a family. I know there will be times that we’ll be able to travel to other promotions off and on but it’s not a fixture in our lives unfortunately.
 
I’m sad to see that money and ‘brand’ are driving a poor decision that cuts out part of your viewing audience AND takes away such a great family event.
 
Onward to tomorrow!
 
Sarah
Ah the Carpenters. I had a math teacher years ago who used to play nothing but the Carpenters during work time. Initially we all sort of rolled our eyes at the ‘old music’ but as the weeks went on we actually listened to the lyrics due to repetition. I look back now and see the varying degrees that some lyrics penetrated some students while others focused on other details. I would love to go back as an introspective and talk to those students and see what they remember. One moment sticks out vividly to me, it was near the end of the school year and the windows were open…And this particular song was playing and in an undertone, 90% of the students in that class murmured the chorus line…The teacher realized it just before the rest of us did and quit singing out of misguided self-consciousness. 
What we didn’t realize at the time, but that teacher did, was that we were united. Even though we had the entire strata of social classes the shared experience and enjoyment of those three cassette tapes, played day in and day out, had drawn us together as one fan base. I doubt a single one of us all these years later don’t sing snatches of The Carpenters in our head without realizing it or maybe dimly recognize it when we hear it tinned in elevator music.
Metro Pro Wrestling fans are similar. We go through our daily lives maybe never crossing paths. But one night a week we are tuned in to see these events that we saw live once again…And then there was the one night a month where we were PART of the show.
And don’t patronize me by saying ‘well you could go to other sports events’…No, not really because I am not a fan of most other sports. I admit, my focus in sports involves wrestling and that’s mostly it.
So it’s sad that you’ve taken that away from myself and many other fans.

Sarah

Good Morning!
We’re stuck in a humid stretch as I’m sure you know which just makes outside activities exhausting! I don’t mind so much but I have to break things up into manageable bits to get it all done.
I have to respect people who continue to fulfill their duties to the end even though they know they’re sort of getting railroaded. Chris Gough is a great example. He loves Metro Pro Wrestling so much that he’s never taken a bitter tone, at least that I am aware of, over the decision by Metro Sports to cancel their timeslot. That says a great deal about the man and he continues to use the remaining air dates as a platform to promote the promotion knowing that it is going to have to take a short hiatus as we campaign for Metro Sports to rethink their decision and to also look at other ways to support this promotion which has such a valuable place in our lives.
It’s sort of ironic. Metro Pro has never had a cheating scandal (I mean fixing, not Adam Pearce using the ring bell…), a doping scandal, and thus far we haven’t had any headlines in the national papers - or even the local ones - decrying the performance or conduct of our wrestlers outside of the ring. Which in it’s own way works against us. See for as ‘evil’ as our heels can portray themselves, outside of the tights they are normal working people who love this sport and put their bodies on the line each and every event. And there isn’t a fan in the world who isn’t aware of the kafaybe curtain but we choose to uphold it, knowing the violence isn’t in the actual intention of the wrestlers but the fierce athleticism and control they use to sell the match. For a family event, a family sport and a great product built by Chris Gough and the wrestlers for Metro Pro it’s a blow to their honesty and integrity to be passed over for a school who’s sports teams have had such scandals as:
The KU Ticket Scandal which broke open in 2010 with federal indictments.
KU football player being arrested in connection with an armed robbery in May of 2013.
Another KU football player arrested for DUI in May of 2013. (Two different incidents, two different players.)
KU Basketball player indicted for possession then failure to appear at court.

Basketball player being arrested for criminal trespass and batter back in 2010. This particular player had multiple arrests for various things and including skipping court dates.
Going back to 2003 there is John Randle who had multiple arrests for domestic abuse, theft and possessing fake identification.
July 2012 35 federal indictments were released regarding a drug ring that included providing illegal substances to KU athletes.
Aggravated battery charges against Jose Rodriguez back in 2009.

I do not postulate that in each case KU or the athlete in question is guilty. I do question the focus on an athletics department that is determined to win and players who flout the law. These are just topical cases culled from local news sources. Imagine the dirt that could be found by scratching the surface.

So for that kind of taint hasn’t hit Metro Pro Wrestling…But they’re getting their one hour a week time slot pulled.

Huh. Imagine that.

Sarah

Good Morning,
Fully two weeks have now passed since I sat in stunned silence to hear Chris Gough tell a pretty packed house that the last taping of Metro Pro Wrestling was happened…That night. That despite all of the fun, all of the support, all of the wrestlers and all of the fans Metro Sports/Time Warner had decided the show no longer fit their paradigm.
I sit here thinking on that reason, knowing that what they’re saying is that wrestling fans are too ‘low brow’ perhaps to fit the new slick image Metro Sports/TWC is looking to portray as part of their new deal with KU and can’t help but feel a little offended by this. Maybe we’re not paying thousands for a sky box at some stadium filled with die-hard Green Bay Packers fans or whomever you like but that doesn’t make us ‘lesser’ as fans. Out of some 168 hours of programming by removing the one hour devoted to this locally based and locally owned promotion is similar to saying wrestling fans aren’t GOOD ENOUGH to be involved with Metro Sports. I use that phrasing because outside of Metro Pro Wrestling I never watched Metro Sports so it was integral to adding one more viewer number to your channel. Three if you include the hubby and the kidlet who often watched with me.
And this is the day I’d have purchased my tickets for the next event. I don’t have that to look forward to either.
Sadly and sincerely,

Sarah

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