Jamal James 146.7 – Mike Balasi 147.6
Juan Carlos Rojas 162.3 – Caleb Plant 164.1
Alex Martin 148.5 – Jeremiah Wiggins 151
Christian Molina 138.5 – Justin Johnson 137.5
Robert Ramos 136 – Ismael Serrano 135
Desmond Moore 123.2 – Mike Hefflinger 128
Kyrone Davis 161 – Jose Alberto Leal 159
Alvaro Enriquez 171.5 – Carlos Gongora 170
Benjamin Burgos TBA – Chris Colbert 125.2
Antonio DuBose 128.6 – Jesus Lule 128.4
Promoter: King’s Promotions
Venue: Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem
1st Bell: 6:45 PM ET
Tickets are priced at $100, $75 and $50 and can purchased at ticketmaster and www.ticketmaster.com
Cruiserweight Anthony Caputo Smith (15-4, 10 KO’s) opens up to GFL correspondent Marc Abrams about how critical to his career he feels his matchup with Garrett “The Ultimate Warrior” Wilson (13-9-1, 7 KO’s) is, the frustration of taking big fights on short notice and how different he feels the outcome of his fight with BJ Flores could have been.
Caputo Smith faces Wilson in the main event of a nine-bout card promoted by King’s Promotions on Saturday, June 20. The event will stream live on GFL.tv.
Video: Garrett Wilson on Upcoming Showdown with Anthony Caputo Smith: “I Believe I Have More To Offer Than He Does Skill-Wise”
Cruiserweight boxer Garrett “The Ultimate Warrior” Wilson (13-9-1, 7 KO’s) talks with GFL correspondent Marc Abrams about his main event matchup with Anthony Caputo Smith (15-4, 10 KO’s) at Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia, Pa. The nine-bout card, promoted by King’s Promotions, will stream live on GFL.tv.
“The Iron Man” takes on Nick Hammond at NWA Smoky Mountain on GFL.tv
By Randy Jean
Rob Conway is a man who has accomplished many feats in the sport of wrestling.
The former, two-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion was nothing short but incredibly insightful during our conversation. With years of experience and thorough knowledge of the business, Conway lent me some of his thoughts just days before his matchup with Nick Hammond at the latest installment of NWA Smoky Mountain action in Kingsport, Tenn. on Friday, June 12, on GFL.tv.
Randy Jean: You’ve almost spent about two decades in the ring, what is it that you do to prolong your career longevity?
Rob Conway: Well, before I started wrestling I was always into fitness, which then led me into professional wrestling. Over the years, I’d modify my training because I used to be a little bit bigger before I got into wrestling.
Before, my regimen would usually just include heavy weights but, once I got into wrestling, I started doing more cardio and lifted less heavy at the gym because you want to minimize the chances of you getting hurt in the ring, so you can wrestle longer.
RJ: As a child growing up, I remember watching you in the WWE as part of La Résistance. Is there anything you learned there that you still put into practice?
RC: I learned a lot when I was in Ohio Valley Wrestling, and then WWE. I was on RAW and I wasn’t the main event guy, but I would watch the main event guys like Shawn Michaels, Ric Flair and Triple H and watch how they would carry themselves.
I got to work with guys like The Rock, ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin and Mick Foley, all who are main event talent. You can’t learn to be a main event guy if you don’t watch the main event. In different independent promotions, some of the guys will leave as soon as their match is over and I believe that, if you’re not in the main event, you should watch so you know what to do when the time comes.
RJ: Do you think WWE was a catapult for your success at a young age?
RC: WWE is still one of the most watched out of all the wrestling promotions. Being exposed to 3-4 million people a week on RAW definitely gets your name out there. So if you leave a company like that, it gives you a great head start to go to every town in America where people already know who you are.
For me, people would be like ‘Oh, I know who he is,” but they wouldn’t say that guy was great or anything. So I had to go out and become a better wrestler.
Now when people come up to me, they let me know how much my ring work has improved and how I should be on television instead of these small promotions, (in response to) which I tell them I’m just happy to be here. It’s great to be a main eventer and get your shine with 4 or 500 people compared to if you were in a bigger promotion and you’re in the middle fighting for a spot.
Rj: Talking to you now, I feel like you definitely learned a lot during your tenure in WWE. Were there any guys that gave you veteran advice as you were coming up?
RC: I got a lot advice from many wrestlers. Most of it was how to perfect your in-ring work from guys like Arn Anderson, Dean Malenko, “The Hustler” Rick Rodgers and Danny Davis. Then when I got onto the main roster, guys like Shawn Michaels, Chris Beniot, Edge and, especially my agent Pat Patterson, all played a huge role during my growth.
RJ: Switching gears, I’m sure you’re aware of Jeff Jarrett upcoming promotion called Global Force Wrestling. Care to share your thoughts on it?
RC: Well to me, any new up and coming wrestling company is exciting. It creates more jobs, brings more professional wrestling awareness. I know a lot of guys who will be wrestling on there from the guys of New Japan to those of NWA. They don’t have an exclusive contract or anything like that, but I certainly want nothing but the best for them.
I want all the promotions like TNA, ROH and GFW to succeed. You don’t want only one big promotion; you want to be able to have a variety. If there’s only one pizza and burger place, you’re stuck with what they put on the menu.
RJ: Speaking of TNA, it was rumored that they have lost their distribution deal with Destination America. Ring Of Honor now has a deal with the channel. What’s your take on that?
RC: As of last week, ROH was on from I think 8-9 o’clock and then TNA was on from 9-11. There’s a whole bunch of rumors that go on that I feel hurt the wrestling business in general because they’re all negative rumors. It’s like people want to see bad things to happen to certain promotions. If they lost their television deal, that’s 2 hours of wrestling a week we lose on television and jobs that a lot of people won’t have. I would think that if you were a wrestling fan you would want to see all promotions succeed. If not, there are going to be guys who like to watch who will only appear when they come by your town once a year.
RJ: You have a point. I mean, the more promotions that get televised, essentially the more mouths that are getting fed.
RC: Yeah, I just don’t see how anything good can come from wishing anything bad on somebody else. Just hope that they make it and that you’ll make it too.
RJ: When we were talking about NWA AND New Japan it made me want to go back to the topic of Jeff Jarrett. He’s a man who’s left an imprint on everything he’s touched in the wrestling industry. Do you feel the same?
RC: Jeff Jarrett is a wrestling legend. He’s a guy that’s been in the business his entire life. He’s wrestled in WWE and WCW. He founded TNA and now GFW.
I grew up watching the USWA, which his father owned. I grew up watching guys like Jerry “The king” Lawler and “Macho Man” Randy Savage when they wrestled in the Louisville Garden so I have nothing but respect for what he’s trying to do from transitioning from the ring full time, to working behind the scenes. He’s been a guy who stays healthy and has a great head on his shoulders. I wish nothing but the best for him and I hope GFW reaches success.
RJ: Will we see you on GFW?
RC: I mean you never know but, as of right now, my loyalty lies with NWA and New Japan. My word means a lot but, with that being said, we’re all free agents, so I’m not forbidden to wrestle there. I just hope it does great because it’ll help the sport of wrestling a lot.
RJ: You have a match coming up on Friday. What’s your mindset heading into it?
RC: I love coming into Kingsport, Tenn. The last few times I came in there, I faced a guy by the name of Jason Kincaid. He had a few choice words to say about me. On top of that, he’s from that area so people love him down there.
I’ve been the face of NWA for the last couple years but, when I go down there, I have to admit they don’t appreciate me being there. Now, I’m going against Nick Hammond who’s from there and doesn’t wrestle anywhere else. He’s loyal to the guys in that area and they love him there.
So now come Friday on ippv, he’s going up against a 2- time NWA world heavyweight champion, a 3 time former world tag team champion for the WWE, a guy who’s wrestled in 49 states and 12 countries, came into Kingsport as an outsider and gets 100% of what “The Iron man” Rob Conway has.
It’s going to make me happy to make the people of Kingsport eat their words. I never turned my back on them, but they did towards me so I’ll get a little rough and could careless what they think.
RJ: Makes sense. People want to see a fight, so give them their moneys worth.
RC: I’ve been wrestling for a long time. Wrestling in Japan, I realized that once you leave the ring, it’s all about survival of the fittest. So I bring that mentality back to the States. It’s just the way it is. We’re not “sports entertainment” we’re an entertaining sport. He’s going to have to bring his ‘A’ game and I don’t think his ‘A’ game is as great as mine.
RJ: When it’s all said and done, will you ride into the sunset or do you see yourself remaining in the business in a different role?
RC: Wrestling is my passion. It’s what I wake up thinking about and, when I’m sleeping, I’m dreaming about matches. I can still run and jump and all of the other stuff as great as ever. So I don’t see myself slowing down anytime soon.
Video: Shamrock FC and Bellator 138 Promoter Jesse Finney Recaps “The Most Exciting” Round in His Promotion’s 17-Year History
Shamrock FC President and retired MMA star and kickboxing champion Jesse Finney chats with correspondent Jeremy Johnson about his promotion’s latest fight card that streamed live on GFL, as well as what is in store for Shamrock FC fans.
FSW Star Kris Rex Talks His Upcoming Matchup With Former WWE Star Lanny Poffo, the Origins of “The SNOT” and working with Sandman
By Randy Jean
Kris Rex isn’t short of personality. Proudly proclaiming his roots from New York City, the nitty gritty New Yorker wrestles with a huge chip on his shoulder.
Dubbed as FSW’s most vocal wrestler, Rex, is scheduled to face former WWF star Lanny Poffo on a special FSW card that will serve as a tribute to Poffo’s deceased brother, wrestling legend “Macho Man” Randy Savage, on Sat., June 27.
Randy Jean: After watching some of your ring work, I’ve noticed you’ve picked it up rather quickly for someone who’s only been at it for four years. Do you owe that fast progression to Joel Maximo and the FSW promotion?
Kris Rex: I mean of course. I’ve trained at a few other places prior to coming to LUDAS. But Joel Maximo was the man who really gave me the opportunity. When everyone else was busy telling me “you’re to this or you’re to that,” he saw me and gave me the opportunity, so I pretty much owe him everything.
RJ: I spoke with a few wrestlers you might know, such as Suntan Superman, and he too was raving on how great Joel Maximo really is and how he has a mind for the business.
KR: Yeah, I know Suntan and he’s right. Joel has been in the game for a while. That’s definitely one person (who), if you want to learn about the business, you would want to learn it from Joel.
RJ: Were you always a fan of mainstream wrestling growing up?
KR: I grew up being a fan (of) WCW, and then I got into watching WWE. I didn’t find out about Indy wrestling until I was about 11 or 12 years old and I was living in Florida at that time. That’s when I found out about this company called Major League Wrestling, which then became my introduction to Indy wrestling.
RJ: So did you go and attend events that would take place there?
KR: No. I never got the chance to watch the events live, but they used to have their own show on the Sunshine Network at 2 a.m. called “MLW Underground.” It would consist of them showing highlights of their matches and music videos hyping up their next events.
RJ: Almost like ECW. I remember them doing something similar to that.
KR: Oh yeah! It was pretty much like the next ECW, the way they presented it. Also, a lot of (ECW’s) old stars were in it, so it pretty much gave it new generation feel.
RJ: Ok, so you previously stated that you used to tune in to WWF programming, so what’s the feeling like knowing that you get the chance to go up against Randy Savage’s brother, Lanny Poffo?
KR: When I found out about it, I was excited. I mean “Macho Man” was my mother favorite wrestler, so when I found out that I was going to get the chance to go up against his brother Lanny, I was honored.
RJ: When I was watching your tapes, I couldn’t help but notice your ring style sort of reminds me of Brian Kendrick, while at the same time you have a CM Punk look. Was there a certain wrestler you tried to emulate when you first started?
KR: Um, I wouldn’t go as far to say ‘emulate’ in terms of using their moves, but there were definitely influences from the WWE characters like Raven. I was a huge fan of his growing up, and I actually had the opportunity to work with him as a member of the “Raven Flock” when they did the whole extreme reunion thing in Philly in 2012. I was cast (as) a member, and it was just so exciting. I was canned by Sandman and powerbombed by Gary Wolf (laughs).
RJ: Is Sandman as crazy in person as he is on television?
KR: I only got the chance to have a few words with him, but yeah he’s crazy, man. He’s a great dude for sure, but he’s definitely out there for sure!
RJ: You’re in a group called “The SNOT.” How did that group come about? Are you the mastermind behind it?
KR: Pretty much, yeah. What had happen was, in 2012, I had to leave for knee surgery. I basically tore my ACL, PCL and MCL.
So through that, I just got fed up of sitting at home, so I hopped up on my crutches and walked to the old school that was at 15th Street, and Joel was like ‘What are you doing here?’ I wanted to do anything I could to keep myself in the stories, and do whatever I could to help out. That’s when we came up with the idea for me to start my own stable. That basically became the birth of The SNOT.
RJ: I heard you carry yourself with a sort of attitude that clearly travels with you into the ring. Would you say that is a good snapshot of who you are?
KR: I mean, yeah man. A lot of people are humble and some of them are scared to open their mouths and say something. For me, I’m basically an open book. Whether I catch heat for it or not, I’m going to say what I have to say and sometimes it’s an issue (laughs), and sometimes it’s not.
RJ: Ok, so with that being said, will we ever see you as FSW Champion or Primero Champion one day?
KR: I’m hoping! The Primero Champion means a lot more to me than the FSW Championship. Mainly because it’s kind of like the WWE’s Intercontinental Championship, which is like the workers title. The Primero Championship, to me, is the biggest title I can get here.
Jarrell Miller 272 – Damon McCreary 249.8
Akil Aguste 160 – Quincy Brown 155.4
Julian Sosa 145.6 – Danny Rosenberger 145.2
Steve Geffrard 185.6 – Eric George 186.4
Michael Stoute 121.6 – Antwan Robertson 123.8
Dwayne Zeigler 133 – Jeremy Graves 132.8
Edward Williams 147.8 – Jason Thompson 151
Promoter: Star Of David Promotions (Dmitry Salita)
Venue: LIU Brooklyn Paramount Theater
1st Bell: 7:15
Tickets for the event are on sale and can be purchased online via Ticketmaster by visiting www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.
PEC was launched in April by Barclays Center developer Bruce Ratner and Onexim Sports and Entertainment, with all business operations overseen by Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark. PEC and LIU Brooklyn announced recently that LIU Brooklyn Paramount Theatre, located at Flatbush and DeKalb Avenues on the LIU Brooklyn campus, will focus on booking emerging talent. LIU Brooklyn Paramount will soon undergo a 24-month renovation and will host more than 120 events annually.
ABOUT STAR OF DAVID PROMOTIONS
Star of David Promotions was founded in 2010 by Dmitriy Salita, a professional boxer and world title challenger who saw the need for a promotional entity to feature the brightest prospects, as well as seasoned pugilists, in and around the New York City area. Viewers have enjoyed watching Star of David fighters in recent years on Spike TV, ESPN2, MSG, and Universal Sports Network. Please visit www.Salitapromotions.com for more information.
By Randy Jean
Remix Pro Wrestling “Throwdown For The Pound 11” was a star studded event. Wrestling stars like AJ Styles, The Young Bucks and Mickie James all graced the mat as they fought against Remix Wrestling’s all-star roster. Marietta, OH wasn’t the only the home where you could’ve watch this event. The event is available for viewing on GFL.tv.
The fans were seated and ready as the first bout of the night was between (C) Sassy Stephanie vs. Leftist vs. Veda Scott for the Women’s Fury Championship. This was a great contest to open up the show, as all three women shared their desire to be Remix Wrestling credited champion.
Great back and forth action between Stephanie and Lufisto went under way as they kept Scott from establishing any offense in this match. Scott’s ability to play the villain also lent this match some comedic effect.
In the end, both Stephanie and Lufisto engaged their signature submission simultaneously on Scott, forcing her to tap. Unfortunately due to the confusion, the match ended in a draw. The referee awarded the win to Stephanie, who retained her title. Lufisto was visibly upset.
We next found ourselves watching Viper enter the ring to challenge Bulldozer. Although this match was slow, it did carry quite some entertainment along with it.
Bulldozer and his valet, “Homewrecker” Morgan, added some dancing to get the fans moving. This proved to be Bulldozer’s downfall.
As Morgan enticed him to dance some more, Bulldozer became too distracted which gave Viper the chance to steal the win. After the match we watched an upset Bulldozer take out his aggression on his partner Morgan.
Next up, was a Fatal four- way match between Chris Lerusso, “Omega” Aaron Draven, Zac Vincent and Onyx. All four contestants were intriguing to watch to say the least, especially “the heir apparent” Lerruso.
From antagonizing the crowd to calling the match with the commentary team, Lerusso did it all. Onyx’s brute style played a big role in this match, as he was tossed everyone out of the ring. Draven almost came out with the win before Lerusso blindsided him to steal the pin and walk away with the victory.
Following up that bout was a six-man tag team match with no disqualification. The Young Bucks teamed up with Chance “The Prophet” as they faced the team of Gory, Matt Conard and Ron Mathis of the Headless Horsemen.
This was definitely a contender for the match of the night as the Young Bucks, so agile and poised, proved to be a great choice made by the prophet. Ron Mathis, the loud mouth for the Headless Horsemen, proved he was no scrub. He looked absolutely great in this match, as he helped his team steal a win over Chance and the Young Bucks.
A match between Jock Samson and Marion Fontaine came under way next. Samson played the crybaby villain quite well, and for a moment, he had things go his way. Unfortunately for Samson, Fontaine proved to be too smart for that.
Not only was Fontaine witty, but he also knew how to get the crowd’s attention. He’s quite the fan favorite as he’s clearly a wrestler who fans find it easy to cheer for. Eventually, due to interference by the ring announcer, Samson was granted the win over Fontaine.
Next up was a number one contender match for the Remix Pro Fury Women’s title pitting Athena against Mickie James. Before the match went underway, Stephanie returned to the ring to observe the action as a spectator.
The women were terrific in this match, proving they weren’t afraid to fly off the top rope. James, a proven veteran coming from WWE and TNA, showed no sign of ring rust even after being away from the circuit for more than a year.
“The Indy Darling,” as they bill Athena, lived up to her moniker, stealing the win in a convincing fashion from James. We were later met with a stare down between the champion, Stephanie, and Athena.
Lufisto then entered the ring, only to escalate the confrontation. Lufisto left a mark, shoving both wrestlers to the ground. As she walked away, Lufisto continued to proclaim that she was the clear winner in the bout earlier that night and that she’d find a way to get the belt.
The main event pitted Bullet Club member and IWGP World Heavyweight Champion AJ Styles against Façade. This was a match that had everyone glued to their seats.
From the opening bell, both contestants attacked each other with such vigor, you would have thought they actually had some disdain towards each other. Styles proves day in day out that he’s still the phenomenal one, and Façade deserves just as much credit for not backing down once from the wily ring veteran.
This was a great match that would have likely been won by Façade, had it not been for the interference of the Headless Horsemen. They showed no class as they sought out and grabbed the girlfriend of the Neon Ninja out of the crowd.
Despite thwarting the Headless Horsemen’s plans, a small lapse of judgment placed Façade in the vicinity of a styles clash, thus ending the match and giving Styles the win.
Frank De Alba headlines against Bernardo Gomez Uribe this Friday at Stadium Holiday Inn Philadelphia
Philadelphia (May 28,2015)–This Friday night at the Stadium Holiday
Inn in Philadelphia, King’s Promotions presents a great night of boxing that will headlined by 10-round Jr. Lightweight bout between Frankie De Alba (15-1-2, 5 KO’s) and Bernardo Gomez Uribe (14-3, 10 KO’s).
De Alba of Reading, PA has been one of the hottest fighters on the East Coast as he has won 13 straight bouts and is unbeaten since dropping his professional debut in 2011.
The 27 year-old is coming into his own and has been training hard in preparation for this bout against Uribe.
“Training has been great. I feel 100% and this truly has been one of the best camps I have ever had. I really feel like I am in the best shape in my career,” said De Alba.
Like two of his last three opponents, Jose Bustos and Pablo Batres, Uribe is a tough yet unknown fighter from Mexico who sports a solid record.
“He is a unknown guy with a decent record. Besides that, I don’t know much about him but that doesn’t matter as I train for any style that he may bring.”
De Alba is on the cusp of some big fights in the Jr. Lightweight division and he can’t look past Uribe to get those opportunities.
“After this fight, I am ready for anybody they put in front of me.”
De Alba, who works in an warehouse foundry, knows that the next year is a moving year and those big fights are on the horizon.
“I know that in the next fight or two, I will be put in against another top prospect and I am confident that I have what it takes to come through against anybody. I am excited to be in the main event in Philadelphia. This is my first fight here and I am ready to put on a good show.”
In an 8-round bout, Steve Upsher Chambers (24-4-1, 6 KO’s) of Philadelphia will fight Alejandro Rodriguez (22-16-1, 8 KO’s) of Guadalajara, Mexico in a Jr. Welterweight bout.
In 6-round bouts:
Farah Ennis (21-2, 12 KO’s) of Philadelphia will fight Michael Gbenga (20-19, 20 KO’s) of Accra, Ghana in a Super Middleweight bout.
Former U.S. Olympian, Raynell Williams (7-0, 4 KO’s) of Cleveland, OH will take on an opponent to be named in a Lightweight bout.
Welterweight Miguel Cruz (8-0, 7 KO’s) of Lake Mary, FL battles Juan Rodriguez (6-2-1, 5 KO’s) of Haymarket, VA..
Samuel Figueroa (7-0, 4 KO’s) of Ansco, PR will fight Jose Valderrama (4-9, 3 KO’s) of Arecibo, PR in a Welterweight bout.
Brandon Bennett (18-1, 7 KO’s) of Cincinnati, OH will square off with Rondale Hubbert (10-1-1, 6 KO’s) of Minneapolis, MN in a Lightweight bout.
Demond Nicholson (12-1, 12 KO’s) of Laurel, MD will battle German Perez (11-1, 3 KO’s) in a Middleweight bout.
Leo Hall (5-0, 5 KO’s) of Detroit, MI will risk his perfect mark against Lawrence Blakey (2-3, 1 KO) of Pennsylvania in a Light Heavyweight affair.
Caleb Plant (6-0, 5 KO’s) of Ashland City, TN will fight Jason Zabokrtsky (3-1, 3 KO’s) of Kansas in a Middleweight bout.
Rounding out the card in a 4-round bout will be Christopher Brooker (2-0, 2 KO’s) of Philadelphia fighting pro debuting Santario Martin of Gainesville, FL in a Super Middleweight bout.
The Stadium Holiday Inn is located at 900 Packer Ave. in Philadelphia
Tickets are priced at $75 and & $50 and can be purchased at www.stadiumboxing.eventbrite.com or by calling 610 587 5950