COMMISSIONER POPE MAKES BIG DECISIONS
FOR MWO EVENT AT SOBERFEST
Rain Shortens Debut Event At Dixieland Flea Market;
Three Matches To Highlight July 16th Event In Flint
Despite uncooperative weather conditions and other unforeseen challenges, the Michigan Wrestling Organization provided another standout performance during the promotion’s debut event at the Dixieland Flea Market in Waterford on June 25 before a second band of rain shortened the planned two-hour live outdoor event. Officials struggled with conflicting weather reports as the MWO had set up in the parking lot of the flea market, located at the corner of Dixie Highway and Telegraph. The show was in a 40-minute rain delay before the opening bell finally sounded that saw the popular A. Wicked pick up a big win over Positive Promotions member Roberto Cruz.
But as another band rain made its way to the Waterford area, officials reluctantly decided to call the rest of the show, with three matches still left to be held, including a title defense for MWO Television champion JJ Hughes, a tag team match between the Dean Boys and Fat Tony & Adrian Anderson, and the main event pitting MWO champion Creature Feature John Campbell and Skullz against the Real Deal Michael Reaver and Jack Teryn. One MWO official said that they made the decision that was best suited for the comfort of MWO fans and the safety of the superstars.
“There was no question that the safety of our performers and our fans had to be at the forefront of any decision we were forced to make, said MWO commissioner Pope Brandon Brownson, who was unable to be at the Dixieland Flea Market, but was in constant contact with agents at the venue, “Planning outdoor events is always risky because of the crazy weather that Michigan is known for.”
Brownson added that the three matches that were rained out in Waterford will now be contested during the organization’s return to the UAW/MOST Group’s Soberfest outdoor event on Sunday, July 16th at the Union City Ballfields in Flint. The colorful commissioner also confirmed a double main event would headline the MWO’s event at Soberfest; the Campbell/Skullz-Reaver/Teryn tag match would be one main event, but has yet to announce what the second half would be. A public announcement is expected in the coming days, in what Brownson said would generate a great deal of anticipation for the Soberfest event.
“We are bringing some top notch entertainment to Soberfest,” said the commissioner, “This is our third year being a part of such an incredible event like Soberfest and we want to make sure we give a main event worthy show. I think our fans will be excited for the card we put together for July 16.”
Soberfest is celebrating its 23rd anniversary of promoting family values and sobriety. Headed up by UAW Local 598’s MOST Group, the event continues to increase in size and anticipation as one of Genesee County’s great outdoor festivals. This year’s event is kicked off by its annual softball tournament that begins at 8:00 AM. But before the MWO takes the ring at 3:00 PM, families can enjoy such as activities as a live trout pond, a dunk tank, a bicycle raffle, food and cold drinks, and a performance by magician and escape artist Robert Zarins, who has appeared on HBO and Showtime. Many vendors and sponsors will be on hand to hand out information on various courses of recovery and treatment as well as health wellness. The MWO’s involvement with Soberfest continues the organization’s working relationship with UAW Local 598, that oversees the employees of the Flint Assembly plant on Van Slyke Road. The local’s union hall hosted a standing-room-only crowd for WrestleRama 23 this past April.
MWO WRESTLING LIVE at DIXIELAND FLEA MARKET in WATERFORD:
A. Wicked def. Roberto Cruz * Valor Society def. Azul Warriors via disqualification * Old School Ric Caurdiea def. Codename Omega * MWO Tag Team champion Alex Crow def. Pure Fury Jeff Clouse * MWO Great Lakes champion Fabulous Scotty Fraytown def. Cesar Ashur
MWO CHAMPION JOHN CAMPBELL & SKULLZ vs. MICHAEL REAVER & JACK TERYN
Four legitimate hard-hitters will step foot inside the ring for a knockdown, drag out tag team match. The “dream team” of Michigan Wrestling Organization Champion the Creature Feature John Campbell and Skullz will unite to battle their respective rivals and SummerSmash opponents, the Real Deal Michael Reaver and Jack Teryn. There is no love lost between these four superstars as both teams will be equally motivated to build on the kind of momentum that a victory would bring them heading into their individual showdowns in August. This is a true main event with a big fight feel and it will be on full display at the Union City Ballfields in Flint as part of the MWO Wrestling Live show during the UAW/MOST Group’s Soberfest.
MWO Television Championship Match
Champion JJ HUGHES vs. Challenger THEE CODY LEEDY
There is a long and documented history between JJ Hughes and THEE Cody Leedy. Once stablemates within Positive Promotions, the former partners have been involved in a very personal rivalry for a long time now. Leedy, who is recognized as the longest-reigning MWO TV champion in history, is looking to recapture the championship by humiliating his former protégé. The “Main Attraction,” on the other hand, is focused on becoming the face of the organization, and a win over an established main event superstar like Cody will certainly help his cause. But how will Promotions manager Mr. Positive factor in with this championship match?
DEAN BOYS vs. ADRIAN ANDERSON & FAT TONY
In a classic example of David vs. Goliath, the Dean Boys will square off against the towering twosome of Fat Tony and Adrian Anderson, the latest pairing to join the ranks of the Michigan Wrestling Organization tag team division. While Tyson & Tyler may be outmatched in size, their heart and determination has carried them to great heights of popularity and success in the MWO. Anderson and Fat Tony clearly do not care about fan support as they are looking to jump to the top of the contenders’ list for an eventual shot at the tag titles. But Adrian and Tony should not overlook the Dean Boys, who are capable of pulling off a major upset.