Saturday, September 30, 2017

Cashing in on tag team gold

By Sam Hunter

By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

Tag teams have come in gone in Stride Pro Wrestling. But one constant for most of 2017 has been the current tag team champions Ax Allwardt and Scott Phoenix. When J. Wellington Beauregard first put this duo together, I never dreamed they'd not only win the tag team titles so quickly but hold on to them longer than any other team has in Stride's history. They were a makeshift duo has made things work.

Cash Borden, Lane Austin and Joey O'Riley
Courtesy: Steve Belcher
Now there's a new team breathing down their necks, who came together on a whim. Cash Borden and Joey O'Riley have proven to be great tag team wrestlers in the past. Cash teamed with Dalton Diamond and Joey and Jay Spade held the Stride Tag Titles earlier this year. Both men embarked on a singles career, but last month found themselves fighting a common enemy in the DR Party.

That match had lasting implications as it was an opportunity to get a tag team championship match. Cash and Joey wrestled like a well-oiled machine. If you didn't know any better, you'd think they had been partners for months, if not years. These two pose the most credible threat to Maximum Overdrive since winning the belts in the spring.

Maximum Overdrive
Courtesy: Steve Belcher
But the champs won't just fall to their challengers. Time and time again they've fought back when it looked like they were down and out. And with J-Wells lurking outside the ring, you never know what might happen. Plus, if the issues with the DR Party have been cleared up, the champs have an even bigger advantage going into this matchup. 

The action comes to Community Consolidated School 204 in Pinckneyville this Friday night. A meet and greet with Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat" starts at 5 p.m. The wrestling action follows starting at 6:30 p.m. Call (618) 357-2419 for ticket information.

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