Monday, October 2, 2017

Stride Pro Wrestling's David and Goliath

Matheus vs. Spade
Courtesy: Steve Belcher
By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

The Stride Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Championship is on the line this Friday night as "Big" Roger Matheus defends against Jay Spade. These two are truly the David and Goliath story of Stride Pro Wrestling. Spade, who weighs in at about 160 pounds will have his work cut out for him. The champion is nearly 300 pounds. Both men are impressive in the ring and will have an incredible match.

Spade is fast on his feet and will take to the air. I expect that he will use his speed and agility to try to wear down the champion. Matheus is a striker. One kick or one forearm has spelled doom for opponents in the past. Spade felt one of those striking kicks the night Matheus beat Heath Hatton for the championship.

Spade kicks Hatton
Courtesy: Steve Belcher
Before you discount Spade based on his side, so far this year alone, he's pinned Hatton to become the number one contender, survived a battle royal of some of the biggest and best in Stride and defeated a much bigger Red Daniels. His career has soared since he and Joey O'Riley went their separate ways earlier this year. 

Matheus stretches Borden
Courtesy: Steve Belcher
But to play fair, Matheus has destroyed everyone he's been in the ring against in Stride. From Farmer Billy Hills to Cash Borden to Heath Hatton himself, Matheus is a one-man wrecking machine. I do not envy Jay Spade at all, but fans shouldn't count him out. That advice also goes for Matheus. In my 1-2-3 cents, this is going to be a fight for the ages. Spade wants to taste that singles gold for the first time in Stride. But Matheus is just as eager to hold on to what he thinks belongs to him. 

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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