Friday, September 1, 2017

Fun Fact Friday: Ax Allwardt

Ax Allwardt vs. Heath Hatton
Courtesy: Steve Belcher

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Regular readers of the My 1-2-3 Cents blog know for months the Friday post has been called Foreign Object Friday. The gimmick has run its course so I'm launching a new weekly special called Fun Fact Friday. I'll pick a wrestler, manager, announcer, referee or performer from the Midwest independent scene to showcase with three fun facts. Today's selection is Ax Allwardt. 

Gaylord Stephens & Ax Allwardt circa 2007 (or 08)
I first saw Ax back in 2007 or 08 in All American Pro Wrestling. He was the "Old School Warrior" (which was an old nickname I used before ever seeing Ax). I liked the moniker so much I actually named my Raw vs. SmackDown! create Superstar character The Old School Warrior. But I digress... Ax and his manager Gaylord Stephens were two of the best bad guys on the roster at the time. Fast forward to 2016 and that's where the fun facts start kicking in.

The Champ is here
Courtesy: Steve Belcher
1. Ax Allwardt is not only the first man to hold the Stride Pro Wrestling heavyweight championship (he won the title at the first Stride show in March 2016) but he's also the only Stride star to hold more than one championship in the company. Ax currently the co-holder of the Stride Pro Wrestling tag team championships along with Scott Phoenix. The duo has been pretty dominant since winning the gold, thanks in large part to the role of their manager J. Wellington Beauregard. 

2. Even though he's a fan of Hulk Hogan and the 80s, Ax avoids drinking milk and taking vitamins. His training regimen includes 12-ounce curls (most likely a Budweiser) and a thick steak. 

No one is safe
Courtesy: Steve Belcher
3. Ax has one of the best piledrivers in the business. I would put his finisher up against legends like Paul Orndorff, Jerry "The King" Lawler and Terry Funk. I've seen Ax pin a lot of shoulders to the mat as a result of the piledriver. He's even taken out a referee or two with the move. It's an old school finish that's impacting a whole new generation of up and coming wrestlers. Anyone who steps in the ring with Ax should be prepared as the match could come to a screeching halt pretty quick.

Be sure to come check out Ax Allwardt and the rest of the men and women of Stride Pro Wrestling at the next show on Saturday, September 9. Bell time is 6:30 p.m. at the Illinois Star Centre Mall in Marion.

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