Welcome to this edition of “Blue Collar News” where we will take an in depth look at NWA Blue Collar Wrestling out of Portland, Oregon. This past Sunday, October 9th they presented a card at Eagles North Portland FOE 3426 located at 7611 North Exeter Street in Portland, Oregon.
The opening match of the evening was a triple threat match for the NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Championship. The champion, Buddy Highway, defended the strap against the Pacific Northwest TV Champion, Cousin Jameson, and Kyle King, who is a trainer from Xtreme Wrestling Center in Raytown, Missouri. Highway picked up the win by a pin fall and retained the title. Jameson had this to say after the match, “Both men (Highway and King) are amazing athletes and after a hard fought match Buddy Highway retained his championship. It was an honor to work with Kyle King.” The Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Champion, Buddy Highway, was worked up for this match and the future. He told me, “Well, my focus has been on Tommy C. Making his life as much of a living hell as possible. Making him fight “Brutal” Bob Evans and Wildman Kongo after defeating him in a “Pick My Poison” match. But this week has me against Jameson and Kansas’s own Kyle King for my NWA PNW Title. It was a pretty intense match, as King mainly stayed outside while I battled Jameson. But in the end after a Road Block on King I was able to retain my title. Now my sight is set on Tommy C., once again, as he has asked for his title rematch next week at NWA Blue Collar. All I know is this, I have my title in my possession and I’ll be damned if I’ll let that go, once again. This is The Lost Sullivan and the devil’s child has spoken!!” Kyle King was part of a wrestling seminar that day in Portland featuring himself, Top Rope Promotions star, Wildman Kongo, out of Falls River, Massachussetts and ROH’s “Brutal” Bob Evans. King was a class act and told this reporter about his career. “I’ve been working for 8 years, all over the US. In the past 2 years, I’ve done 2 Evolve seminars, got to work for them and Full Impact Pro in Florida, as well as bringing Bob out to Kansas City for his seminar. The XWC is Kansas City’s oldest wrestling training center, at over 2 years and has wrestling, physique and promo work each and every week. We have had students on Raw several times already, which has been great for us. The most interesting thing about Bob’s seminars is the positivity he brings. He’s got 25 years in this business and loves to serve. Be it his own experiences in wrestling or just business which has helped me personally so much in just the last year!” If you are interested in getting trained as a professional wrestler, referee or manager go check out Xtreme Wrestling Center on Facebook.
In the second match of the evening James St. John defeated J.B. Moonshine by pinfall. J.B. was not happy afterwards and when asked about a re-match, he stated, “His win was a fluke and if he didn’t have a handful of my overalls he wouldn’t have won! I’m hoping there is (a re-match), I want my chance to prove it was a fluke, so, booker, book it!”
In the third match of the night Ares Toretto faced Badd Blood for the NWA Continental Heavyweight Title. Badd Blood retained the strap by a pin fall. Badd Blood will be traveling to Georgia to face “Desperado” Christian Walker, the NWA Georgia Wrestling Extreme champion on November 12th at a show being called “Badd Blood Rising”.
In the 4th match of the evening Measure 11 (Petrov and Tommy Celcius) faced off against ROH’s “Brutal” Bob Evans and Wildman Kongo. Evans and Kongo walked away with a pinfall victory. Kongo is well known in the Northeast and told me about his background. “I was trained by Bob Evans. I’ve been wrestling for 9 years and I’ve wrestled Dalton Castle, MVP and Aldo Rose a.k.a. Adam Rose (from WWE). All this year.”
In the semi-main Lance Dean faced C.J. Edwards. Edwards won by disqualification when Dean threw powder in his face and was caught by the ref.
The main event was a non-title, falls count anywhere match between the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Champions, The Dark Asylum, and The Role Models. The Role Models got the pinfall when they handcuffed Butcher to the ring and double teamed Big Vicious. The end came when tgey backdroppef him through their “Worship Us” table in the center of the ring to score the pinfall. They look to have earned themselves another shot at the straps.
Blue Collar Wrestling had a special visitor from the old wrestling days in Portland, Princess Victoria. She worked during the 80’s and was trained by Sandy Barr. She was best known for her feud with Velvet McIntyre in Vancouver for All Star Wrestling as well as in the NWA. They formed a tag team after concluding their feud and won the NWA World Women’s Tag Team Titles in Calgary. In 1984 they were recognized as the WWF Women’s Tag Team Champions. When asked about the experience, she told me, “Walking into BCW dressing room was like walking back in time 36 years. I heard please, thank you and excuse me. When the promoter spoke everyone shut up and listened. When the matches began, with very few exceptions, all were watching each other’s matches, There were critiques given and accepted. The matches were solid, old school wrestling and the crowd was on their feet for the entire show. There was no cussing in the interviews as the promoter had instructed, “The first word in the term “professional wrestler” is “professional” and I expect everyone of you to conduct yourself as such in every aspect of your lives not just at the arena. I enjoyed every minute of my time there and am looking forward to going again. BCW is worth taking a look at, folks. Bring your kids and grandma and grandpa as this is a family orientated event..”
Next Sunday, in Portland, Blue Collar Wrestling will host Chris Youngblood, a fixture in World Class, World Wrestling Council in Puerto Rico, Global Wrestling Federation, USWA, WCW and FMW in Japan during the 80’s and 90’s.
With all these classic stars and Ring of Honor stars working in NWA/BCW it’s going to be a great rest of the year for the promotion. Follow NWA Blue Collar Wrestling on Facebook to keep up with all the latest news from the NWA in Portland.
Will The Role Models be able to wrestle the tag titles away from The Dark Asylum? Will C.J. Edwards challenge for a title after his big semi-main event victory? What is in store for Chris Youngblood next week? Come back, next week, to Blue Collar News to find out! And, if you get a chance go visit http://theblackbooks.smackjeeves.com/ and read my web comic, “The Black Books”, a sci-fi detective noir story, for FREE. Finally, if you would do me a favor, visit http://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.personalCampaign&participantID=720221 and donate $5 to help prevent suicide. It means a lot to me. That’s it for this week. So, in the mean time and in between time, so long from Blue Collar News!