Sunday, June 11, 2017

Flood & Travelstead heat up Summer Showdown

T-Dog & Flood in action
Courtesy: Robert Young

By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

Stride Pro Wrestling hit another home run with its latest show, Summer Showdown. This event was a fundraiser for the YouthBuild program of Marion and Jefferson Counties. More than $2,500 was raised to help young adults better their lives. Even though it's not officially summer, the heat was on for a great night of wrestling action.

Jay Spade soars
Courtesy: Brittany Chapman
In the coming weeks, you can watch the matches on the Stride Pro Wrestling YouTube channel. But a few quick hits, Roger Matheus is still the Stride Pro Wrestling Champion winning the Fatal Fourway against Heath Hatton, Jay Spade and Red Daniels. And Maximum Overdrive (Ax Allwardt and Scott Phoenix) are still the Stride Pro Wrestling tag team champions. They lost the match, but it was by disqualification against "Cowboy" Bob Orton and "Farmer" Billy Hills. The hall of famer was a great guest and we thank he and Herb Simmons for making the trip down south.

T-Dog wins, or does he?
Courtesy: Sharon Hefner
The other big headline of the night and the one that may be the most talked about is the Legacy Championship match between Tony Flood and the former champ "T-Dog" Jerry Travelstead. The two had a highly competitive match, I'd say their best contest to date, which is saying a lot because these two typically put on a great show. They not only wrestle, they tell a story while in the ring. I'm proud of what both men and even the devious Alexxa Flood contributed to the match. 

Tony Flood isn't making new fans
Courtesy: Asa Gray
The final moments saw some trickery by Flood. I won't spoil it for those wanting to watch on YouTube in a few weeks, but just know I've never been involved in a wrestling show where fans have yelled at ME about the finish to a match. One man poked me in the chest and demanded justice for T-Dog. He called the decision bull sh!t and told me it needed to be reversed. He was so worked up, I thought he'd pop Tony Flood as he walked back to the locker room. Another fan confronted me before I went to the restroom at intermission and also criticized the finish and the call by referee Brandon Tolle. Then when I finished my business, he was waiting to continue giving me an earful. 

Main event time
Courtesy: Brittany Chapman
Summer Showdown was a success on many counts. Fans are still buzzing on social media today, which is exactly what you hope for when putting together a wrestling event. Thanks to all who supported the cause and Stride Pro Wrestling. I know fans drove for hours in some cases to be a part of the event. It's appreciated more than you know.

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