Courtesy: Jonathan Barnhart
By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter
Stride Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Champion "Big" Roger Matheus has been on roll for most of his career with the company. He battled Chris Hargas in his first major feud and took the upper hand in those matches and then quickly became the number one contender to the Stride championship. In May he beat Heath Hatton in the company's first TLC match to win the belt.
|Courtesy: Steve Belcher|
Since becoming champ, Matheus has beaten Hatton, Jay Spade and Red Daniels in a fatal four-way match, along with Farmer Billy Hills and Cash Borden in separate title defenses. This Saturday night, Matheus teams with his former rival Farmer and they battle number one Spade and JD Wilk. They'll have Sarah Summers in their corner for that contest too.
Now for some fun facts about this incredibly gifted brawler, who even after interviewing for the My 1-2-3 Cents podcast, intimidates the hell out of me.
1. Roger Matheus has competed in Primo's Slave to the Death Match tournament in Denver, Colorado. This doesn't surprise me, as Matheus is one of the toughest men I've ever met in this business and beyond.
2. His experience goes beyond the wrestling ring. Matheus has an extensive history as a mixed martial artist. He actually trained in those ranks with current Global Force Wrestling star and former WWE Superstar Bobby Lashley.
3. Matheus is belted in Brazilian jiu-jitsu by Alvin Robinson under Royce Gracie, who of course is a three-time MMA champion.
So there you have it. Between his military experience (that I've written about before) and his time in MMA, you can see why Matheus is nearly unbeatable in the wrestling ring. He and Farmer will no doubt take Spade and Wilk to the limit Saturday night. Be sure to join us.