Monday, October 8, 2018

"Tough" Tony Flood

After the match
Courtesy: Jamie Woodworth-Myers

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I'm not going to write much about Saturday night's Stride Pro Wrestling show. Instead, I would encourage you to listen to the audio recap on this week's My 1-2-3 Cents podcast. Please check out the show here (and don't forget to rate and review as well). 

Flood can't answer the count
Courtesy: Jamie Woodworth-Myers
Tony Flood, former Stride Pro Wrestling Champion, wrestled Jerry Travelstead in a Last Man Standing match. During the course of the said match, Flood did a moonsault, but whacked his head on a ladder that was laying in the ring. The move split his head open and a pool of blood quickly formed. 

This is where some fans become critical. Tony and Jerry continued the match for a few minutes, ending it with Tony getting backflipped off a ladder and through the stage. Unable to answer the referee's 10 count, T-Dog was declared the winner. It was a chaotic scene and the EMT on hand quickly escorted Tony to the locker room for an evaluation. He later went to the hospital and was treated and released that night. He's going to be okay.

After the match
Courtesy: Jamie Woodworth-Myers
Tony never lost consciousness and was aware of his surroundings the entire time. He wanted to continue the match. I understand why some fans would have wanted the match stopped immediately. But that's not how 99 percent of the men and women in this business operate. Between Jerry and referee Lane Austin assessing the situation and Tony knew what he was capable of, the decision to move forward was made. 

I appreciate the efforts by everyone involved and Jerry raising Tony's hand at the end of this classic battle was a true sign of sportsmanship between two rivals in the ring. 

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