Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Name dropping: wrestling style

Ricky Steamboat & ECIII are visiting SOIL & SEMO soon

By Kevin Hunsperger

@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter
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Indy wrestling in southern Illinois and southeast Missouri is built on a foundation of hard working men and women both inside the ring and out. Fans dictate the success of companies like Stride Pro Wrestling,  Cape Championship Wrestling and Southern Illinois Championship Wrestling. Sometimes a Legend or current star on the grander pro wrestling stage lend their talents to one of these companies. I'm excited to say in the coming months two of those guests, I've had the pleasure of meeting in person.

Later this month, the current Impact Grand Champion Ethan Carter III makes his way to Cape Girardeau, Missouri. He will be a part of the Cape Championship Wrestling Homecoming 2 show on Saturday, August 26. Carter battles "Farmer" Billy Hills. Carter replaces Moose, who has a previous commitment with another company and can't make the Cape show.

ECIII back in 2012
More than five years ago, Chad and I met Carter when he was Derrick Bateman and Maxine at WrestleMania 28 Axxess. It was a quick photo opp as fans are herded in like cattle to strike a pose with the Superstars. There's usually a handshake and brief exchange before the encounter is over. But I do like to brag about these moments from time to time. Yes, I know I paid for it, but it's my memory to hold on to and share now with you. In my 1-2-3 cents, WWE made a huge mistake letting him go, but I'm happy he has found success with Impact Wrestling/Global Force Wrestling. The sky is the limit for ECIII. That being said, he's going to have his hands full with Farmer. It'll be a great match. Head to CCW's website for tickets. You can also stay up to date with the company on the FITE TV app.

The Dragon meets Jessie and Vince
On the same trip I mentioned earlier, we also met WWE Hall of Famer Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat. Growing up, I loved his matches with the likes of Ric Flair, "Macho Man" Randy Savage and Jake "The Snake" Roberts. The Dragon will fire things up at the Stride Pro Wrestling fundraiser event at Community Consolidated School District 204 in Pinckneyville on Friday, Oct. 6. He'll be a part of a meet and greet with fans that evening. Tickets go on sale September 1 and will be available at the September 9 Stride show, Fallout. The meet and greet is $10, ringside tickets are $15 and general admission is $10. Look for more here. Steamboat then heads to the Swansea, Illinois fire house the next night for a show by SICW. The Dragon will meet with fans there too and put on the stripes to ref a match. You can get more details here.

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