Saturday, February 24, 2018

Two prizes for the price of one

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The Stride Cup tournament was announced in 2017 and officially kicked off at the January show in Carterville. The prize, of course, is the beautiful Stride Cup trophy. However, at the February show, we learned the winner of this eight-man tournament will get another prize, the Legacy Championship.

The Stride Cup & Legacy Championship
Courtesy: Steve Belcher
In case you missed it, Legacy Champion Chris Hargas had to relinquish the title due to an injury. Chris, get well soon by the way. General Manager Sam Hunter made the decision that evening to add the Legacy Title to the Stride Cup finale. It'll be a big night for one of two men.

El Magnifico
Courtesy: Steve Belcher
Those men are the ever popular Jose Magnifico. He's been wrestling in Stride and around the region for years now. Fans immediately get up on their feet when his ring music hits. Magnifico celebrates with the fans before getting to the ring and even if things don't go well for him, there's still dancing and usually some candy being passed out. Sometimes though that happens when the pinata Jose carries gets smashed over someone's head. Magnifico scored wins over Brian Richards of the DR Party and JD Wilk to advance to the finals. 

Anonymous wins
Courtesy: Steve Belcher
Magnifico faces newcomer Anonymous. The big man made his debut in the Stride Cup tournament in January, appearing in the ring after the lights went out in the venue. He destroyed Shane Lauder in seconds and carried the rookie back to the locker room on his shoulder. We haven't seen nor heard from Lauder since. Anonymous also beat Ace Hawkins in the tournament.

This will be a great match and with so much on the line, I look for each man to put in 110%. Be sure to join us Saturday, March 3 at 7 p.m. at Christopher Grade School. This match is a fundraiser for the school so be sure to support the cause. 


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