Last Week on Wrestling Night in the Heartland:
-MATCH #1: Laney Harrison and McLean Oswald defeated The Working Girls (Caroline Lewis and ‘Queen Cool’ Leah Iris
-MATCH #2: #1 The Stevens Dynasty (Bo and George Stevens) defeated Kings of the Wild Frontier (Boone Daniels and Crockett Davies) in a #1 contender’s match in the Men’s Tag Team Division
-‘Sports Entertainment Genius’ Mr. McMann tells Ricky Stevens tonight is his night inside the Sports Entertainment Corporation dressing room.
-MATCH #3-#1 Ricky Stevens defeated #2 John O’Reilly in a #1 contender’s match in the Men’s Division.
-Kellie Burkowski interviews Women’s Champion Jennifer Colton before her defense tonight against Victoria McGill. Colton says Jill Berg can bring as many people to the ring she wants, it’s still not going to matter.
-MAIN EVENT: Jennifer Colton © vs. Victoria McGill goes to a no contest.
-After the match, Jill Berg Enterprises attack and beat down Colton until The Hanson Sisters and then Lisa Barbosa-Stevens rush down to make the save.
Cue the pyro
Missouri Valley Wrestling
Wrestling Night in the Heartland
Tuesday August 29th, 2023
Joseph J. Gentile Center
Announcers: Thunderbolt Smith and ‘Long Haul’ Rick Hall
Backstage Interviewer: Kellie Burkowski
Ring Announcer: Heather Cooper
MVW… MVW… MVW…
The camera pans across the packed Joseph J. Gentile Center in Chicago, Illinois as the raucous crowd buzzes with anticipation. Wrestling Night in the Heartland has begun, and the energy is palpable. Thunderbolt Smith, MVW’s play-by-play voice, sits confidently at the broadcast table alongside his partner, ‘Long Haul’ Rick Hall.
“Welcome to Wrestling Night in the Heartland, folks! I’m Thunderbolt Smith, joined by my partner in crime, ‘Long Haul’ Rick Hall. We have an action-packed night ahead of us,” Thunderbolt says, his voice steady and even-keeled.
“Absolutely, Thunderbolt!” Rick replies, his excitement evident. “We’ve got The Rose Warriors facing off against The Working Girls in a pivotal #3 versus #4 Women’s Tag Team Contender match. And let’s not forget about No Quarter taking on The Shamrocks in a winner-takes-all promotion/relegation match for the #5 ranking in the Men’s Tag Team Division.”
“Indeed, Rick,” Thunderbolt chimes in. “But the main event tonight is Shizuko Yamazaki versus Yosemite Samantha in a high-stakes #2 versus #3 match in the Women’s Division. This one is guaranteed to be a barnburner!”
“Yamazaki is one of the most skilled martial artists we’ve ever seen, but Yosemite Samantha’s rough-and-tumble brawling style is nothing to sneeze at either,” Rick adds. “I can’t wait to see who comes out on top!”
“Without further ado, let’s send it to the ring and our ring announcer, Heather Cooper, for our first match!” Thunderbolt exclaims.
MATCH #1: The Rose Warriors (Geena the Warrior Princess and Eliza Rose vs. The Working Girls (Caroline Lewis and ‘Queen Cool’ Leah Iris)- #3 vs. #4 match in the Women’s Tag Team Division
“Queen Cool” Leah Iris
AGE: 27 / HT: 5′ 9″ WT: 125 / HOME: Pittsburgh, PA
ALIGN: Face / STYLE: Technical-All Around / FIN: Pittsburgh Plunge (Fisherman Buster)
THEME MUSIC: “Ah Leah”- Donnie Iris
‘Former Hooter’s Waitress’ C.J. Lewis
AGE: 32 / HT: 5’11 WT: 135 / HOME: Conway, NH
ALIGN: Face / STYLE: Power / FIN: Last Round
THEME MUSIC: “She Works Hard for the Money”- Donna Summer
The Rose Warriors
Geena the Warrior Princess
AGE: 34 / HT: 6’ 1” WT: 145 / HOME: Sioux City, IA
ALIGN: Face / STYLE: / FIN: Reverse Brainbuster
THEME MUSIC: “Theme from Xena Warrior Princess”
AGE: 23 / HT: 5’ 8” WT: 125 / HOME: Philadelphia, PA
ALIGN: Face / STYLE: / FIN: Louisville Slugger
THEME MUSIC: “Load Up the Bases”- Whiskey Falls
Heather Cooper rolls back into the ring to make it all official. “Your winner at twelve minutes and fifty-five seconds… The Working Girls!”
“Big boot to the face by ‘Queen Cool’ Leah Iris to Geena the Warrior Princess leads to Leah dropping an elbow off the top rope and then the Pittsburgh Plunge to move the Working Girls up to #3 in the Women’s Tag Team contender’s rankings,” Thunderbolt informs the viewers.
“Thunderbolt, it was a picture-perfect Pittsburgh Plunge by Iris that led to the pinfall,” Hall adds.
“Iris and Lewis will face Laney Harrison and McLean Oswald this Saturday night in Rolla, Missouri,” Thunderbolt explains. “The winner will go on to a #1 contender’s match next Tuesday night against Jill Berg Enterprises.” Thunderbolt gets a cue from the producer. “We’ll be back with more MVW action right after these messages.”
BACKSTAGE: Kellie Burkowski Interviews Cary Stevens
Meanwhile, Kellie Burkowski, MVW’s 24-year-old backstage interviewer, stands beside Cary Stevens, who’s flanked by Bo and George Stevens.
The Stevens Dynasty: Cary Stevens, Bo Stevens, and George Stevens
Cary exudes confidence as Kellie holds up the microphone.
“Of course it makes R.G. Jenkins and Mark Hendry furious when I say The Stevens Dynasty is the best tag team in MVW,” Cary states, his Texas pride evident in every word. Bo and George share a laugh, their eyes full of mischief and pure belief in their own abilities.
“They’re laughing because they know they’re better than The Alabama Gang,” Cary continues, his voice strong and unyielding. “The Stevens Dynasty never acknowledged The Alabama Gang as the champions because they’re not the best tag team in MVW.”
As the laughs die down, the fire in the Stevens’ eyes grows brighter. The challenge has been set, and they’re more than ready to prove themselves in the ring.
“Next Tuesday,” Cary declares, his voice filled with conviction, “Bo and George are going to prove that The Stevens Dynasty is the premier tag team in MVW. They’ll show The Alabama Gang what real champions look like.”
With that bold statement hanging in the air, we cut back to the broadcast desk, where Thunderbolt Smith sits poised and ready for the next match. The energy in the arena is electric, palpable even through the television screen.
“Alright, folks,” Thunderbolt announces, his voice steady as he addresses the camera. “It’s time for our next match, and believe me when I say it’s going to be a doozy.”
The crowd roars in anticipation, each fan eager to see their favorite wrestlers clash in the ring. Thunderbolt grins, soaking in the atmosphere before continuing his commentary.
“Let’s send it down to the ring with Heather Cooper for the introductions!” He gestures toward the ring, where the sexy and confident Heather stands, microphone in hand.
MATCH #2: The Shamrocks (Tom Flynn and Sean O’Grady) vs. No Quarter (Bracken Krueger and Daryn Thompson in a promotion/relegation match- winner is the #5 ranked Men’s Tag Team
AGE: 35 / HT: 6’ 0” WT: 241 / HOME: Dublin, Ireland
ALIGN: Face / STYLE: Brawlers / FIN: Pot of Gold
AGE: 35 / HT: 5’ 11” WT: 236 / HOME: Dublin, Ireland
ALIGN: Face / STYLE: Brawlers / FIN: Final Rolling Elbow
THEME: “Going Out In Style”- The Dropkick Murphy’s
“The Lakeshore Leviathan”
AGE: 30 / HT: 6’ 9” WT: 290 / HOME: Chicago, Illinois
ALIGN: Heel / STYLE: Power / FIN: Into the Deep (over-the-shoulder Fisherman’s Driver)
The Texas Technician, The Daughter of Dust
AGE: 28 / HT: 6’ 0” WT: 165 / HOME: Dallas, Texas
ALIGN: Heel / STYLE: Technical/submissionist / FIN: Legacy Lock (Anaconda vice)
THEME MUSIC: “Kicking and Screaming” – Blues Saracino
The arena is electric, the air thick with anticipation as Heather Cooper stands in the center of the ring. Her voice booms through the speakers, “Ladies and gentlemen, after eighteen minutes and forty-one seconds, your winners… No Quarter!”
“NO QUARTER WINS!” Thunderbolt exclaims, his excitement palpable. The crowd roars in response, a mix of cheers and jeers filling the arena. “Daryn Thompson has made Tom Flynn of The Shamrock’s submit and clinched No Quarter’s promotion to the Men’s Tag Team Division.
“Long Haul” Rick Hall chimes in to review the battle that just took place. “Well, Thunderbolt, The Shamrocks certainly didn’t go down without a fight. Krueger and Thompson had to work hard for this victory. But after blitzing through the Non-Division, they’ve finally earned their spot in the Men’s Tag Team Division!”
Kellie Interviews No Quarter in the Ring
In the ring, Krueger and Thompson stand tall, sweat dripping from their brows and chests heaving as they catch their breath. Kellie Burkowski, microphone in hand, joins them for a post-match interview – the perfect opportunity to delve into the minds of these newly promoted warriors.
Daryn, still catching her breath, leans in towards the microphone. “You know, Kellie, I owe a lot of my success to my family. My father taught me the value of hard work, and his no-nonsense style really rubbed off on me.” She pauses, wiping the sweat from her brow. “I wouldn’t be where I am today without him.”
The crowd listens intently, understanding the importance of family and work ethic in the world of professional wrestling. Meanwhile, Krueger takes the opportunity to address their future opponents in the Men’s Tag Team Division directly.
“Listen up!” He growls, his voice filled with a mixture of pride and menace. “We’ve fought tooth and nail to get here, and we’re not going to let anyone stand in our way. Daryn and I, No Quarter – we’re gonna give no quarter to anyone in this division!”
As the camera pans over the faces of Krueger and Thompson, their determination and fearlessness are evident.
BACKSTAGE: ‘Redneck’ Bill Dickinson Promo
Backstage, the MVW Men’s Champion ‘Redneck’ Bill Dickinson leans against the wall, his muscular arms crossed over his chest. His title belt hangs effortlessly on his shoulder, a symbol of his dominance in the ring. The scent of sweat and determination fills the air as he stands with his manager, Sunny O’Callahan. Her frizzy blonde hair frames her face, and her eyes glint with a fiery spirit that matches her charge.
‘Redneck’ Bill Dickinson and Sunny O’Callahan
“Y’know, Sunny,” Dickinson begins, his voice a deep rumble filled with raw confidence, “there’s one thing that’s always stuck with me, and that’s my ability to hold grudges.” He shakes his head, a wry smile tugging at the corners of his mouth. “Being part of the SEC, now that was a mistake.”
Sunny sips from her bottle of Southern Comfort, the amber liquid reflecting the dim backstage lighting. “And Ricky Stevens,” she drawls, her California accent softened by her time in the South, “he thinks the SEC is gonna take him straight to the title. That, too, is a mistake.”
“Damn right,” Dickinson agrees, his eyes narrowing slightly as he imagines the upcoming confrontation. His thoughts race with visions of crushing Ricky Stevens’ dreams within the squared circle. “SEC or no SEC, I’m way outta his league.”
With a final swig of her drink, Sunny nods confidently. “You’ll show him next Tuesday, Bill. He won’t know what hit him.”
“See ya next Tuesday, Ricky,” Dickinson smirks, the anticipation for the matchup leaving a spark in his eyes.
HEARTLAND REPORT with KELLIE BURKOWSKI
As the show cuts back from commercial, Kellie Burkowski, MVW’s young and energetic backstage interviewer, stands center stage with a gleaming smile plastered on her face. Her eyes light up as she begins to fill in the audience on the weekend’s Heartland Division action.
“Welcome back, folks!” Kellie exclaims. “Let’s talk about what went down this weekend. In the Women’s Heartland Division, Tammie Hardy secured her spot at #4 by defeating Lani Harlot on Friday night. However, she couldn’t maintain her momentum and lost to #3 Felicia LaBarbara the following night.”
Kellie pauses for effect before continuing, “LaBarbara is now set to face #2 Debbie the Destroyer this Friday night in Cape Girardeau, Missouri! Now moving onto the Men’s Division, ‘Rock Star’ Robbie Marrs defended his #4 ranking by defeating #5 Randy Barrington on Friday. But just like Hardy, Marrs fell short on Saturday when he faced off against #3 Absolute Zero. With that win, Absolute Zero will now challenge #2 Ken Kardoucheian this coming Friday!”
UPCOMING MISSOURI VALLEY WRESTLING ROAD SHOWS
September 1st – Show Me Center / Cape Girardeau, MO
September 2nd – Gibson Arena / Rolla, MO
September 3rd – MVW Six-O-Five / St. Louis, MO
September 5th – McLeod Center / Cedar Falls, IA
September 8th – Nellis Hall / Coffeyville, KS
September 9th – JHQ Arena / Springfield, MO
September 10th – Cook Center / Olathe, KS
September 15th – Hutchinson Sports Arena / Hutchinson, KS
September 16th – Del 5ive Event Center / Emporium, KS
September 19th – Ford Center / Evansville, IN
September 24th – Heartland PPV – Indiana Farmers Coliseum / Indianapolis, IN
September 29th –Lambert Fieldhouse / West Lafayette, IN
September 30th – Peoria Civic Center / Peoria, IL
October 1st – The Viaero Center / Kearney, NE
October 6th – Cheyenne County Community Center / Sidney, NE
October 7th – Wilkert Event Center / Columbus, NE
October 10th – Knapp Center / Des Moines, IA
BACKSTAGE: The Alabama Gang Promo
The camera abruptly cuts to the Alabama Gang backstage. R.G. Jenkins, Mark Hendry, and their valet Sunny O’Callahan are huddled together, clearly agitated. Sunny takes a sip of Southern Comfort as she watches Jenkins and Hendry seethe.
The Alabama Gang: R.G. Jenkins, Mark Hendry with Sunny O’Callahan
“Ya know,” Jenkins drawls, “all Cary Stevens does is talk, talk, and talk. He got away with one against the Kings of the Wild Frontier when he slipped into the ring and knocked out Crockett Davies with a foreign object. But I tell ya right now, that ain’t gonna happen against the Alabama Gang.”
Mark Hendry, unable to contain himself, shouts, “YEAH!” His eyes are wide with fury, mirroring the intensity of his partner’s words.
Jenkins nods, admitting, “We weren’t at our best against Surf Express Bro, and that ain’t good news for the Stevens. Me and Mark here are downright pissed, and we’re gonna take it out on Bo and George Stevens.”
The Southern-born wrestlers’ accents drip with determination and anger as they stare directly into the camera, leaving no doubt about their intentions.
“Ya hear that, Stevens?” Jenkins snarls. “We’re comin’ for ya.”
The scene ends with the Alabama Gang’s steely resolve burning through the screen, setting up an intense showdown with the Stevens Dynasty next week on Wrestling Night in the Heartland.
BACKSTAGE: Kellie interviews ‘Sports Entertainment Genius’ Mr. McMann
The camera cuts to Kellie Burkowski backstage, standing next to a sharply dressed man with an air of arrogance about him. This is ‘Sports Entertainment Genius’ Mr. McMann, the leader of the Sports Entertainment Corporation. He looks down at the petite interviewer with a smirk, as if he’s already won whatever battle he’s about to discuss.
‘Sports Entertainment Genius’ Mr. McMann
“Mr. McMann,” Kellie begins, trying not to let his presence intimidate her. “You’ve made some strong statements about Bill Dickinson being a relic of pro wrestling’s past. Can you elaborate on that?”
“Of course, Kellie,” Mr. McMann replies condescendingly, gesturing with one hand. “Bill Dickinson is a dinosaur, a fossil, a remnant of what pro wrestling used to be. But Ricky Stevens? He’s the future. That’s why he’s with the SEC.”
He holds up a ‘wrestling script’, waving it around like a trophy. “I’ve even written a beautiful script here where Ricky defeats Dickinson in a groundbreaking match, but Ray McAvay won’t give it the time of day!” His frustration is palpable as he shakes his head.
“Doesn’t matter,” McMann continues, his eyes narrowing. “Next Tuesday, Ricky will win the title and bring the MVW Men’s Title home to sports entertainment, where it belongs.” He glares into the camera, making sure his point is heard loud and clear.
MAIN EVENT: #2 ‘The Shadow Warrior’ Shizuko Yamazaki vs. Yosemite Samantha
Back at the broadcast table, Thunderbolt Smith and ‘Long Haul’ Rick Hall are ready to discuss tonight’s main event between Shizuko Yamazaki and Yosemite Samantha. Hall leans forward, excitement in his voice.
“Thunderbolt, I just have to say that Shizuko Yamazaki has truly established herself as a top wrestler in MVW. Ever since she won the Women’s Title for the first time, she’s been consistent and a force to be reckoned with.”
“Absolutely, Hall,” Thunderbolt agrees. “And let’s not forget Yosemite Samantha. She’s always been on the cusp of moving up to the top level, and now she’s finally showing what she’s made of.”
“Couldn’t agree more,” Hall nods. “This main event is going to be a barn burner, that’s for sure.”
“Let’s send it to the ring for the main event of the night,” Thunderbolt announces, his voice commanding attention. The camera pans to Heather Cooper, standing in the center of the ring, microphone in hand, ready to kick off the highly anticipated match between two fierce competitors.
Yosemite Samantha “The roughest, toughest, rootinest, shootinest cowgirl who ever crossed the Rio Grande”
AGE: 31 / HT: 5’1″ WT: 105 / HOME: Dodge City, KS
ALIGN: Heel / STYLE: Brawler-Hardcore / FIN: Shotgun Knee/Cannonball Combo
THEME MUSIC: “Moth to a Flame”- Metallica
Shizuko Yamazaki “The Shadow Warrior”
AGE: 23 / HT: 5’4″ WT: 125 / HOME: Osaka, Japan
ALIGN: Face / STYLE: Martial Arts / FIN: Floatover DDT
THEME MUSIC: “Clock Strikes”- One OK Rock
The camera cuts to a victorious Shizuko Yamazaki standing in the center of the ring, sweat dripping down her face after managing to knock out Yosemite Samantha.
Heather Cooper raises the microphone to her mouth and proclaims: Your winner at fifteen minutes and thirty-five seconds… ‘THE SHADOW WARRIOR’ SHIZUKO YAMAZAKI!”
END OF SHOW INTERVIEW:
After referee Corrina Romanov raises her arm in victory, backstage interviewer Kellie Burkowski steps into the ring, microphone in hand, followed by a translator for Yamazaki.
“Congratulations on your win, Shizuko,” Kellie says, her voice professional yet warm. “How do you feel about your victory over Yosemite Samantha?”
Yamazaki speaks earnestly to the translator, who then turns to Kellie and says, “Shizuko says that Yosemite Samantha was a tough opponent, and she feels fortunate to have emerged victorious.”
“Next week, you’ll be facing Victoria McGill in a #1 contender’s match,” Kellie continues. “What are your thoughts on that matchup?”
Again, Yamazaki relays her response through the translator. “Shizuko is well-acquainted with Miss McGill, having lost the Women’s Title to her in January. She knows the challenge ahead and will be ready for a hard-fought battle.”
“Thank you, Shizuko, and best of luck next week,” Kellie concludes before turning to face the camera. “Back to you, Thunderbolt!”
“Thanks, Kellie,” Thunderbolt replies as the scene shifts back to the broadcast table. “Folks, that’s going to wrap things up tonight.
“Thunderbolt, big wins tonight for The Working Girls, No Quarter, and ‘The Shadow Warrior’ Shizuko Yamazaki. Next week. Two title matches as Men’s Champion ‘Redneck’ Bill Dickinson defends the title against the SEC’s Ricky Steven. The Alabama Gang defend their Men’s Tag Team titles against The Stevens Dynasty.”
“That’s going to do it,” Thunderbolt says. “We will see you all next week, right here on Wrestling Night in the Heartland.”
-The Working Girls (Caroline Lewis and ‘Queen Cool’ Leah Iris) defeated The Rose Warriors (Geena the Warrior Princess and Eliza Rose) at 12:55
-PROMOTION/RELEGATION MATCH-MEN’S TAG TEAM DIVISION: No Quarter (Bracken Krueger and Daryn Thompson) defeated The Shamrocks (Tom Flynn and Sean O’Grady) at 18:41
-MAIN EVENT-#2 vs. #3 MATCH-WOMEN’S DIVISION: #2 Shizuko Yamazaki defeated #3 Yosemite Samantha at 15:35