MVW Owner Ray McAvay on HOW ‘war’, Adam Ellis, and talks Heartland and the Carmondy Cup


Missouri Valley Wrestling’s backstage interview Kellie Burkowski, microphone in hand, stands under the bright lights of the backstage area at a recent Six-O-Five taping.  She smooths her hair and adjusts her blouse before signaling to the cameraman that she is ready. With a nod, he begins filming.

“Good evening, ladies and gentlemen,” Kellie says, her voice clear and professional. “I’m here with MVW Owner Ray McAvay for an exclusive interview.”

Ray McAvay, a no-nonsense, old-school wrestling figure, nods as he stands next to Kellie.  “Kellie, good to be here with you.”

“Ray, let’s get right to it.  High Octane Wrestling owner Lee Best continues to say he’s at ‘war’ with the so-called Evil Empire… aka… Missouri Valley Wrestling. What are your thoughts on that?”

McAvay rolls his eyes and crosses his arms over his chest, clearly exasperated by the question. “Kellie, I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: MVW is not at war with anyone, much less HOW.”  He pauses, his gaze intense and focused. “And Lee claims that a ‘war on HOW’ is a ‘war on America.’ No it’s not.  That’s just ridiculous.”

Kellie nods, sensing McAvay’s growing frustration. “So, what are your thoughts about the situation with Adam Ellis and Lee Best?” she asked.

McAvay rolls his eyes again, disbelief evident in his expression. “Look, Adam made an adult decision to do what’s best for him and his family. It’s that simple.” He shakes his head, his voice laced with irritation. “The fact that Lee is fixated on a 23-year-old kid who had the nerve to accept a golden opportunity to wrestle for a big-time wrestling company when Lee was content to let Adam work at HOW but under his MVW contract is just… stunningly incomprehensible.  Lee COULD have signed him.  Lee SHOULD have signed him.  He didn’t.  So if Lee wants to blame someone for Adam Ellis ending up in PRIME instead of HOW, he needs to look in the damn mirror because it’s his BLEEP up.”

“Ray, what’s the difference in your eyes between HOW and MVW?” Kellie asks.

Ray’s focus on the camera intensifies.  “HOW is a multi-million dollar sports entertainment corporation. MVW is a pro wrestling company. Let’s make this clear.  MVW does not do sports entertainment storylines. Our ‘storylines’ revolve around wrestlers trying to win titles. MVW is not about the owner of the company… me or Joe Bergman… putting our ‘special faction’ together to push at the expense of the rest of the roster.” He takes a deep breath, his eyes never leaving the camera. “I’m only on TV when I need to be, which isn’t very often. So Lee can stick his sports entertainment bull-BLEEP in his ear.  I have a talented roster of wrestlers… some young… some old… each with their own dreams, aspirations, and dedication to the sport. That’s who I care about pushing… not myself… not my own ‘favored’ alliance… not some stupid sports entertainment bull-BLEEP story.  Our wrestlers fight for glory and pride in a company that actually values wrestling over pageantry and bull-BLEEP sports entertainment theatrics.”

Kellie nods, sensing the fervor in Ray’s words as she moves on to a different subject. “Let’s talk about the upcoming Heartland pay-per-view show,” Kellie said, her eyes lighting up at the thought of all the thrilling matches that would take place.

Ray’s demeanor shifts slightly, a hint of excitement now evident. “Yes, Kellie.  I’ll be talking more about Heartland on tomorrow night’s Wrestling Night in the Heartland show,” he replies in a strong and clear voice. “But I can tell you this – all titles will be on the line.  The stakes will be high and I expect our wrestlers to be prepared to lay it all on the line for the chance at glory.”

“Lastly,” Kellie continues, eager to gather more information for the fans, “what about the Carmondy Cup? Can we expect its return?”

Ray nods, a smile playing at the corners of his lips. “Yes, the Carmondy Cup will be returning, and it will start after the Heartland pay-per-view show.”

“Thank you so much for your time, Ray,” Kellie says.

McAvay nods in acknowledgment before turning to leave.

Kellie wraps up.  “It’s nice to be a part of something real, something raw – a world where true athletic prowess reigned supreme. In the chaos and uncertainty of the wrestling industry, MVW remains a beacon of authenticity, a testament to the dedication of its owner and the incredible talent of its roster. And I can’t wait to see what happens at the Heartland pay-per-view show.”

Fade to black.

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