Sunday, January 6, 2019

Vacant becomes Stride Pro Wrestling Champion

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The first Stride Pro Wrestling show of 2019 is in the books and proved to be chaotic at best. From the crowning of "King" Chris Hargas to the now vacated Stride Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Title, fans did not leave the show disappointed. By the way, you'll hear from The King on this week's episode of My 1-2-3 Cents the podcast. It drops Monday at 1 a.m.

But in other big news from the show, Heath Hatton is no longer the Stride Pro Wrestling Champion. Neither is his opponent from Saturday night, Tony Flood. The two engaged in another epic battle for the gold. In the closing moments of the match, Hatton locked Flood in a Sharpshooter. Flood managed to escape and while trying to prevent being locked in it again kicked Hatton into the referee, rendering him unable to continue officiating.

That's when Hatton hit the spear but with no ref to count he dispatched General Manager Sam Hunter to the locker room to find another official. In the meantime, that mystery masked man from last month came out and swung his lead pipe at Hatton. He missed though and the champ hit him with a punch that knocked him into next week.

Title vacated
Photo courtesy: Rachel Kremer
Hatton locked on the Sharpshooter again and Flood quickly tapped. The referee couldn't call for the bell and the mystery man then leveled Hatton with the pipe. A new ref entered and counted three but then argued with the original official who had said he saw Flood tap. Hunter made the call to vacate the title and the winner of a best two-out-of-three falls match on Feb. 2 will be crowned the new champion.

Be sure to join us that night. We're taking the show on the road and doing a fundraiser at Central Junior High School in West Frankfort. It's located at 1500 E. 9th Street. 

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