Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Legacy title is 'flooded' with contenders

The champ & his contenders
Photos courtesy: Steve Belcher

By Kevin Hunsperger
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Since the creation of the Stride Pro Wrestling Legacy Championship in late 2016, many men on the roster have staked a claim to the gold. Jerry Travelstead won the belt for the first time in an outstanding ladder match against Tony Flood in November. Jerry, like the rest of Stride Pro Wrestling fans and management, was hoodwinked when Alejandro Fabuloso won the championship. Turns out it was Flood under a luchador mask. 

Tony Flood
Courtesy: Steve Belcher
As Flood has run his mouth for months, mostly against Travelstead and Stride GM Sam Hunter, Hunter has decided to see how good the champ is. He'll defend the Legacy Title against three other men. (The match was originally a five-way affair, but JD Wilk has been injured.) Flood faces not just Travelstead, who has been a constant thorn in his side, but also Dexter Roswell and former tag team champion Joey O'Riley.

Courtesy: Steve Belcher
This match will be an interesting one. Travelstead and Roswell have both come a long way in their training and are developing into fine talent in the Stride ring. Flood and O'Riley are seasoned veterans of the indy scene. And as we've seen before all four men are pretty fearless when it comes to pulling off high-risk moves. 

Alexxa & Tony Flood
Courtesy: Steve Belcher
Outside factors to be aware of include Roswell's fellow members of the DR Party and Flood's wife and women's star, Alexxa. She's proven on more than one occasion to be the deciding factor in Tony's matches. O'Riley's usual tag team partner Jay Spade will be on the show but has his hands full with problems of his own. T-Dog may be well served to bring the Shaniac to be in his corner, but I think her match at Brave the Storm was a one time deal.

None the less, I'm excited the Legacy Championship exists. It's giving guys on the roster another option in their quest for gold. Can Tony (and Alexxa) survive this fatal four way? Find out Saturday, June 3 at the Illinois Star Centre Mall in Marion. Bell time is 6:30 p.m.

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