Saturday, December 2, 2017

Brass knucks vs. brass ring

Tony Flood vs. Joey O'Riley
Courtesy: Steve Belcher
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In one week, Tony Flood prepares to once again defend the Stride Pro Wrestling Legacy Championship. This time it's former tag team champion Joey O'Riley getting the nod. These two have been involved in multi-man matches against each other before, but I believe this is their first scheduled one on one encounter in Stride.

It should be one for the ages. Flood is one of the most gifted wrestlers on the Stride Pro Wrestling roster. He has the biggest mouth too. But in his case, most of the time he can back up his words, even if it is often by nefarious means. Just when opponents think they have the answer, Tony Flood changes the question. 

The brass knucks
Courtesy: Steve Belcher
This, of course, can be traced to earlier this year when he pulled the wool over our eyes and wrestled as El Fabuloso, despite having been fired by general manager Sam Hunter. Flood not only won the Legacy Title for the first time that night, but he went on to defend it successfully through the summer and in many cases against much bigger opponents. He dropped the belt for about a week to Heath Hatton before winning it back with the help of Dexter Roswell and went on to outsmart Hatton in a rematch with some conveniently hidden brass knucks.

Joey O'Riley in action
Courtesy: Steve Belcher
But Joey O'Riley can't be undersold. He is one of the most dynamic wrestlers on the roster. He takes to the air with ease and wows the fans every step of the way. Primarily he's been a tag team competitor in Stride, having won gold with Jay Spade and teaming successfully with both Cash Borden and Arron Brooks. But in my 1-2-3 cents, Joey has all the tools to be a top singles star. 

He dedicates a lot of time in the gym and in the ring training to get better. The brass ring is on his sites, Joey just needs to grab it. On Saturday, December 9 there's a very good chance he'll do just that. I just hope that brass ring isn't Flood's brass knucks. Bell time for the show is 6:30 p.m. at the Illinois Star Centre Mall in Marion. We'll see you there.

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