Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Can this Phoenix rise to the occasion?

Scott Phoenix & J. Wellington Beauregard
Courtesy: Steve Belcher

By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter
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Stride Pro Wrestling returns to the CMA Dojo inside the Illinois Star Centre Mall in Marion this Saturday. The show is one week before the release of Rouge One: A Star Wars Story and that's the theme for the night. The new Legacy Championship will be defended for the first time that night.

Jerry Travelstead
Rewind to November 5 and Jerry Travelstead battled Tony Flood in an epic ladder match to crown the new champ. Travelstead ascended and won the gold. A week later, newcomer Scott Phoenix shocked fans when he beat Flood, Luke Chambers and Brian Richardson in a fatal four way to become the number one contender.

Courtesy: Steve Belcher
Phoenix has been training at the Stride Pro Wrestling school and only has a handful of matches under his belt. He has a lot of potential and with the devious J. Wellington Beauregard in his corner, the sky is the limit. As a member of Damage Inc., I have no doubt Phoenix will rise to the occasion... eventually. 

The champ
Courtesy: Steve Belcher
Jerry Travelstead is no pushover. He too is relatively new to the business. He's a school administrator who has a passion for the wrestling business. Not only did he climb the ladder to success that night in Pinckneyville last month, he's also climbed to stardom in Stride Pro Wrestling. Jerry is a likable guy with the fans and is never afraid to try something new in the ring.

The match set for Saturday night will be a great contest between two men who are hungry and passionate about wrestling. It's exactly what this business needs. I'm excited to see guys like Jerry and Scott living out their dreams and fighting for a championship so early in their careers. 

Be sure to join us for the action. It's Stride Pro Wrestling's Hostile Holiday. Don't forget, we're celebrating the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story so dress appropriately. 

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