Jack Gamble Interview

by Daniel Johnson

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Interviewer’s Note:  Jack Gamble is a wrestler from Linn, Missouri who has wrestled throughout the state and beyond. Gamble started his career training with World League Wrestling (WLW) headed by the legendary Harley Race. Gamble has won the WLW Tag Team Championship on two occasions as half of two successful tag teams. In November 2011 his team with Jeff Strong, Strong and Reckless first attained this honor and went on to have a whopping 308 day reign as WLW Tag Teams Champions. More recently Gamble has teamed with Jon Webb as High Level Enterprise (HLE), a team who also got the gold in WLW. Some other promotions Gamble has worked for include Dynamo Pro Wrestling (DPW), Metro Pro Wrestling (MPW) and NWA Central States Championship Wrestling (NWA CC). Gamble can be found on Facebook here, on  Instagram here and on Twitter here. This interview was completed on November 25, 2014. In this interview Gamble and I focus on the topic of wrestling on Missouri’s independent scene.

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25 and Under: Alexia Nicole Wrestles Skylar Rose at Crossfire Wrestling

by Daniel Johnson

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 Alexia Nicole vs. Skylar Rose

Alexia Nicole is a Canadian wrestler who turned 18 year-old in April, but even before then wrestled a few matches in 2013. At 4’11” and weighing just a hair over 100 lbs she is tiny, but might one day put plenty opponents away with her finisher, the dyslexia curb stomp.

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Another 6 Tremendous Wrestlers Under 26 November 2014

by Daniel Johnson

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November 2014 will be remembered as a historic year for wrestling fans. After all Sting finally debuted onscreen at WWE Survivor Series 2014. While it is unknown when Sting will wrestle or how many matches he will wrestle some things are more certain. Many young performers are continuing to wrestle, some over 100 matches a year, well outside of the confines and security of WWE. These performers are not limited to the United States either, but have their homes in places like Japan, Mexico and…Denmark? That’s right Denmark has a small, but healthy wrestling scene. The spectacle of an event like Survivor Series is tough to match and even more difficult to surpass. Yet, if all you are looking for is one big spectacle in pro wrestling you are missing out big time. November has been historic, but future histories may be even more exciting. These stories will be told by the up and comers of today. So, in no particular order of talent, here are another six tremendous wrestlers under 26 worth checking out!

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Ryan Reign Interview

by Daniel Johnson

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Interviewer’s Note: Ryan Reign is a young independent wrestler who debuted on his 18th birthday in 2009 for Far North Wrestling (FNW). Prior to debuting Reign began training at just 16 years-old with the family of then future WWE NXT star Corey Graves. The companies Reign works most often for currently are Pro Wrestling eXpress (PWX), Vicious Outcast Wrestling (VOW) and Pennsylvania’s Renegade Wrestling Alliance (RWA). Reign has held various titles throughout his career most notably so far having a 280 day reign holding the PWX Heavyweight Championship. Reign also made it to the finals at the PWX Futures Cup 2011 and briefly held the VOW Heavyweight Championship. In January Reign wrestled his first match for Ring of Honor (ROH). Reign has a YouTube page that can be found here. This interview was completed on November 23, 2014. In this interview Reign and I focus on the topic of his work for PWX.

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25 and Under: Samantha Heights at LSC

by Daniel Johnson

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Samantha Heights vs. Kaela

Samantha Heights is a 25 year-old wrestler from Ohio trained by Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW) star and current CZW World Tag Team Champion, Dave Crist. Although Height has not been wrestling long in 2013 and 2014 she has become a regular on the Ohio independent scene wrestling for promotions like Juggalo Championship Wrestling (JCW), Rockstar Pro Wrestling (RPW) and Legends of the Squared Circle (LSC).

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25 and Under: Ryan Reign Battles Against the Odds at PWX

by Daniel Johnson

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Ryan Reign vs. Chris LeRusso

Ryan Reign, a 23 year-old grappler, wrestling out of Pennsylvania has had an outstanding 2014, perhaps the best year of his career. In January he made his Ring of Honor (ROH) debut in a six man tag team dark match. Reign has also been wrestling more for a company he debuted at last year, Vicious Outcast Wrestling (VOW). Reign even very briefly held the VOW Heavyweight Championship before dropping it to longtime rival Ganon Jones, Jr. at the same show he won it at, VOW August Annihilation.

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Lee T. Lunsford Interview

by Daniel Johnson

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Interviewer’s Note: Lee T. Lunsford is a writer based out of Dalton, Georgia  who published his debut novel, Roadie in December 2011 through Infinity Publishing. The story details the journey of Luke Turner, who after running into some bad luck pursues his dream job in the professional wrestling industry. The tale’s other primary character is Kelly Banks, a female wrestler who’s name was created by Lunsford by combining the monikers of former WWE diva, Kelly Kelly and former TNA knockout, Payton Banks. Lunsford’s writing draws inspiration from what he loosely defines as a relationship he had from November 2004 to December 2007. A lifelong wrestling fan Lunsford plans to turn the Roadie world into a trilogy with two upcoming novels, When Dreams Come True! and Happily Ever After???. Lunsford can be found on Twitter @leesspfrancise and his YouTube page can be found here. This interview was completed on October 10, 2014. In this interview Lunsford and I focus on the topic of writing his first wrestling novel.

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Wrestling Game StArcade: 4 Ideas for WWE Game Story Modes

by Alex Knapp

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Well, WWE 2K15 is upon us. Sure, the last-gen versions were released this past month, but really, with how beefed up the graphics are and the major addition of the MyCareer feature, the next-gen versions are the ones we really care about. That’s why I’m delaying my review of WWE 2K15 for the time being; seeing as how I don’t have a PS4 yet, I will be waiting until Christmastime to play it and Assassin’s Creed: Unity.  But as I’m anticipating playing 2K15 in between bouts of playing Assassin’s Creed: Rogue to tide me over, I got to thinking about the story mode that 2K15 marketed itself around.

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25 and Under: Dale Patricks at EPW Child’s Play

by Daniel Johnson

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Dale Patricks vs. Eddy Young

Dale Patricks is a wrestler from Indianapolis, Indiana trained under Billy Roc. Debuting in 2011, just months into his career he had already wrestled for some major independent promotions including Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW), CHIKARA and AAW: Professional Wrestling Redefined. This year Patricks worked for more than half a dozen promotions, but spent the bulk of his time in IWA: Mid-South and Evolution Pro Wrestling (EPW).

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