Monday, April 11, 2011

R.I.P. Alex Whybrow AKA "Sweet & Sour" Larry Sweeney

Various pro wrestling news sites reported today that Alex Whybrow, AKA "Sweet & Sour" Larry Sweeney died today at the age of 29. Sweeney trained at the Chikara Wrestle Factory and went on to wrestle and manage for Ring of Honor.

I first saw Larry Sweeney back in April of 2005 when he came to Midwest Pro Wrestling.  He was there with other members of Chikara to take on MPW in the "World Series of Wrestling". This was a best of seven match series pitting wrestlers from MPW against wrestlers from Chikara. Sweeney won his match against The Punisher (now known as Rob James).
Sweeney retuned to Minnesota in June 2006, this time for Northern Impact Wrestling's Impact Invitational. In the first round of the tournament Sweeney lost his ICW-ICWA Texarkana TV title to Darin Corbin. Corbin then lost the title to Cody O'Neill at intermission as the ICW-ICWA Texarkana TV title is defended under 24/7 rules. O'Neill then lost the belt to referee Bryce Rumsberg seconds later. The title changed hands a few more times that weekend but Sweeney won the belt back before leaving the Midwest. Sweeney was a very entertaining performer.

Thursday, April 07, 2011

The Wrestler with John Cena on the cover.

The current issue of The Wrestler/Inside Wrestling vol 39 is now on news stands and it features a cover photo of John Cena. I took that photo of Cena at the Target Center back on February 4th, 2011. I have a few other photos inside the magazine but there are a few photos that are credited to me that I did not take. The ones of Daniel Bryan and Gail Kim were not my photos. Run, don't walk to a local news stand to pick up this issue which also features an interview with WWE hall of famer Road Warrior Animal.

Friday, April 01, 2011

HOW Duluth, MN 3/26/2011

 Blogger has changed the formatting of of the blogs so I've been having a hard time getting this to work like I want it to. If I can't get it to work this may be my last post.With that said, here are the results of the Heavy On Wrestling show from last Saturday at the DECC in Duluth, MN.

 "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan defeated "The Anarchist" Arik Cannon. U.S.A....U.S.A...Hoooooooe!

 Heavy On Wrestling started a HOW Hall of Fame. The first inductees were Joann Sabick (HOW promoter David Sabicks late grandmother), Mae Young, Joyce Grable, Bill & Scott Irwin, Buck Zumhofe and The Honky Tonk Man.

 Heather Zumhofe defeated Ann Brookstone and Mystik in a triple threat match with Lita as special guest referee. Joyce Grable managed Brookstone in this match.
 "Wild" Bill Irwin came to the ring to be inducted into the HOW Hall of Fame. He was inturupted by The Black Stallion. The two wrestled for  a while but Stallion left the ring as Irwin got the better of him.
Heavy D & Dirty Dick Sawyer defeated the Barking Spiders (Ox & Clutch) in a hard core match. Before the match Heavy D was arrested by Officer Mark Barker because he was intoxicated. After a few minutes of the Barking Spiders beating the crap out of Sawyer the Spiders grabbed two of Heavy D's younger brothers out of the crowd and beat up on them. Heavy D returned to the ring with Barker in a shopping cart.  Heavy D got the win after he hit Ox with his own brothers prosthetic leg.
 The Honky Tonk Man defeated "Rock N Roll" Buck Zunhofe. Before the match Zumhofe talked about how mad he was that HTM stole his act. HTM won with a roll up after a shot to Zumhofe's nuts.
 The main event for the night was three way for the HOW heavy weight championship. Champion Benjamin Sailer faced off against Nate Bash and Lance Hoyt. Before the match started Sunny came out to say that she was going to manage the champion. Sailer go the win after he suplexed Hoyt over Bash and then pinned Bash.
Benjamin Sailer after retaining the HOW heavy weight championship with his manager for the match, Sunny.