Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Tag team turmoil in Stride

By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter
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The Stride Pro Wrestling tag team titles have changed hands quite a bit so far in 2018. The DR Party dropped the belts to Heath Hatton and Ax Allwardt in March. That duo was beaten by the Midwest Monster Hunters who then lost them back to Hatton and Allwardt only to regain them. Now the Redneck World Order holds the titles.

Cole James & Hollywood Redneck
Hollywood Redneck and Cole James actually won the titles, but there's a third member of the rWo who will likely be used to defend the belts much like the Freebirds and the New Day have done. The champs will see action this Friday night (Sept. 21) as they defend their titles at Gallatin County School. It's the rWo going up against the Midwest Monster Hunters (Jason Tiller and Bo Sawyer), the DR Party (Dexter Roswell and Scott Phoenix) and the newly formed tandem of Farmer Billy Hills and String Bean.
Now for some analysis on each team:

rWo rules
The rWo is a fresh change to the tag team division. Their championship victory on September 8 was the first time we'd seen Redneck and James wrestle together. This new duo took advantage of a situation in the ring and scored the most shocking victory in the history of Stride Pro Wrestling. It was a chaotic triple threat match. But with a fatal four way, things are going to be even crazier. The champs are obviously at a disadvantage in this situation. 

The Midwest Monster Hunters
Sawyer and Tiller are the biggest team in this contest. They're over 600 pounds and will have the size advantage locked in. They're also the most seasoned of the four teams competing. They've already won the tag team titles twice here, but for some reason, they can't seem to hold on to the belts. Their experience in other companies coupled with their size and strength make them a favorite to win.

Phoenix & Roswell
Courtesy: Steve Belcher
But don't count out the DR Party. Scott Phoenix shocked fans when he turned on his partner Ax Allwardt late last year and helped Dexter Roswell win the tag titles. Their run came to an end in March and they've struggled to regain their footing since. There have even been a few instances where Roswell and Phoenix have argued in public. For now, I'll chalk it up to all friends have disagreements from time to time.

Farmer Billy Hills & String Bean
String Bean and Farmer Billy Hills are the greenest (pardon the pun) team in this match. They've never teamed in Stride before but seem like a perfect fit. String Bean recently returned to Stride and Farmer has been hunting for a championship win since day one here. He and Sarah Summers and Cowboy Bob Orton have competed for the tag titles before here in Stride. Will the third time be the charm for the popular star from Mudlick, Kentucky?

Don't miss the action. It's happening Friday night at 7 p.m. at Gallatin County School. 

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