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Old 12-28-2012, 10:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Metro Pro Wrestling: These Guys Get It


Five episodes of Metro Pro Wrestling is all I needed. In five episodes this management team has proven that they get it! They know what pro wrestling is all about.

While checking out episodes 94-98 on their You Tube channel, KCMetroPro, I've come across some really fun and entertaining matches.

You're not gonna see five-star classics here, but you're gonna see really fun encounters. If you complain about how boring Ring of Honor is, you might like Metro Pro. The emphasis is definitely on the less technical aspects of the craft.

DDTs, Spears, Kicks to the face! You'll see a guy get picked up and body slammed. That's always a good time right?

But storytelling, arguably the most important piece of the wrestling puzzle, is where Metro Pro shines.

I saw a Japanese guy in face paint beat a dude down for insulting his cultural identity.

I watched a sleazy heel take advantage of a mentally impaired super-athlete, recruiting him into a cult.

And I saw a grizzled veteran win the Heavyweight Championship on free TV.

That veteran thanked the entire locker room for letting an old fart like him walk in, have fun, smile, and do his damnedest to entertain the fans.

This is wrestling!

Having a television show like this, available for all to see, it screams professionalism. It tells you that Metro Pro management can get things done where others struggle.

That's because they have a real, honest to God producer in Chris Gough. Chris has a background in journalism, the WWE and the Metro Sports Channel he currently works for.

As a result, the stage is set for a quality product to shine.

The cameras are all in the right spots, especially camera one, located above the third rope, just like you'll see on any WWE show.

And the Turner Rec Commission in Kansas City, Kansas is the perfect venue for a promotion this size. This facility has a nice stage set up where the boys can all make classy entrances and lot of the fans come back month after month, becoming familiar with the wrestlers and vice versa. This creates a fun, intimate environment, where the performers can feed off the energy of the crowd.

Bull Schmitt patting a little kid on the head after winning the heavyweight title is the most vivid memory I have of this promotion so far.

And because Chris Gough is former WWE creative, he and the rest of the Metro Pro management can make the most of this production.

Chris Gough and Dave Borchardt are your commentary team, talking you through every episode. Chris is the star here. The man has been blessed with a great voice for calling wrestling matches. For reasons never discussed, he roots for all the bad guys and Dave is constantly calling him out on it. Dave is no slouch himself, he holds his own, making a fool of Chris every chance he gets.

I have never heard two broadcast partners tell each other to shut up so many times during the same match.

There are shades of Jesse Ventura and Vince McMahon here.

You get the best of both worlds with Metro Pro. You get solid in-ring action and all those Jerry Springer/soap opera moments that no wrestling promotion is complete without.

Bottom line is this: Metro Pro Wrestling is a triple threat. It's a very well produced show. The in ring action is solid. And the story lines are not only existent, they're actually pretty entertaining.

Every wrestling fan should know about this promotion and I urge you to go check their full length episodes on You Tube, unless you're lucky enough to live in the fine states of Kansas, Missouri or Nebraska, where the show airs Saturday night at 11pm on Metro Sports.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2QN-LtpOW4
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Old 12-28-2012, 10:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I watched a couple of episodes some months ago, its a amazingly produced show.
However just Mark Sterling and his tag team the Kansas City Killers were impressive in terms of talent.
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Old 12-29-2012, 01:06 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I discovered MPW about 2 months ago when looking online for indy pro wrestling in Wichita, Kansas and found the closest local one (about 2.5 hours away) was in KC called Metro Pro so I decided to check them out and got linked to their You Tube vidoes and I was hooked after watching the first of the 45-50 minute shows. Plus there are a couple guys on the roster who I had worked shows with in Wichita when I was a referee in the business, Bull Schmitt and Derek Stone, both pretty nice and funny guys. When my financial situation gets better I will try and attend each of their shows and possibly try to work backstage somehow.

They mix old school and new school in a mix that works, makes sense, and is entertaining.

The commentary team is a big part of what keeps me watching, those 2 have great chemistry and make me LOL at least 3 or 4 times each show. I like how even the face commentator makes fun of the regular fans and they even have nicknames for them.

The faces and heels do a good job on getting over as just that and some of the heels you really want to hate on (Adam Pearce for instance).

The gimmicks are fun, 1920's strong man, super hero wannabes, suit and tie nerd types, rednecks, a homeless guy, a split personality crazy guy, rock and roller, and several others. It makes them endearing and fun to watch and are more memorable.

The production is decent, its not TCW quality or anything but its definitely watchable and doesn't have that amateurish handheld camera look.

The wrestling is good but not great but it doesn't really need to be because its still entertaining to watch. They do have some outstanding ring talent in A.C.H. and why that guy isn't more big time surprises me a little.

They have 4 main championships (Metro Pro champ, Central States champ, Kansas champ, Metro pro tag champs) and the NWA World and NA champ make occasional appearances and title defenses. I honestly think they should get rid of one of their singles titles either Central States or Kansas title as their roster is somewhat small (about 20-25 guys).

Overall I would STRONGLY recommend this indy to anyone who is a fan of the older stuff or just want to have some good laughs. These guys and TCW are IMO the best indy's out there right now.
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I try watching it but something didn't click but I will give it another shot.
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Old 12-30-2012, 12:36 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I watched a couple of episodes some months ago, its a amazingly produced show.
However just Mark Sterling and his tag team the Kansas City Killers were impressive in terms of talent.
Aye, brother. I can understand that way of thinking.

But for me? The wrestling is fine. As long as I care about the characters .. that's all I care about.

I really like Bull Schimtt and Stone, and ACH.

Killers are very cook, I actually like Wyatt better. MIke Sydal is another one. And the tag team with the beards... names escape me.

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I discovered MPW about 2 months ago when looking online for indy pro wrestling in Wichita, Kansas and found the closest local one (about 2.5 hours away) was in KC called Metro Pro so I decided to check them out and got linked to their You Tube vidoes and I was hooked after watching the first of the 45-50 minute shows. Plus there are a couple guys on the roster who I had worked shows with in Wichita when I was a referee in the business, Bull Schmitt and Derek Stone, both pretty nice and funny guys. When my financial situation gets better I will try and attend each of their shows and possibly try to work backstage somehow.

They mix old school and new school in a mix that works, makes sense, and is entertaining.

The commentary team is a big part of what keeps me watching, those 2 have great chemistry and make me LOL at least 3 or 4 times each show. I like how even the face commentator makes fun of the regular fans and they even have nicknames for them.

The faces and heels do a good job on getting over as just that and some of the heels you really want to hate on (Adam Pearce for instance).

The gimmicks are fun, 1920's strong man, super hero wannabes, suit and tie nerd types, rednecks, a homeless guy, a split personality crazy guy, rock and roller, and several others. It makes them endearing and fun to watch and are more memorable.

The production is decent, its not TCW quality or anything but its definitely watchable and doesn't have that amateurish handheld camera look.

The wrestling is good but not great but it doesn't really need to be because its still entertaining to watch. They do have some outstanding ring talent in A.C.H. and why that guy isn't more big time surprises me a little.

They have 4 main championships (Metro Pro champ, Central States champ, Kansas champ, Metro pro tag champs) and the NWA World and NA champ make occasional appearances and title defenses. I honestly think they should get rid of one of their singles titles either Central States or Kansas title as their roster is somewhat small (about 20-25 guys).

Overall I would STRONGLY recommend this indy to anyone who is a fan of the older stuff or just want to have some good laughs. These guys and TCW are IMO the best indy's out there right now.
Yeah they call themselves old school. I ussually groan at that because I don't neccessarily like old school wrestling but they seem very modern to me.

I also wish they'd get rid of some belts. The heavyweight title looks odd to me, like really cheap. But I think it means more than most belts. I think the Kansas belt looks the best, but I really got a soft spot in my heart for the Central States title. It just looks so bizare...

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I try watching it but something didn't click but I will give it another shot.
I gotta back to the youtube thread. Metro was the one I really took to but I gotta try out the others. especially the lucha.
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heres some questions

what title divisions do they have?

do they have a somewhat rigid hierachy?

is their live crowd good?

is what they do beliveable?

do they do in-ring promos and segments?

could i recomend this to a non wrestling fan without them getting bored or making me look like a fool?

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heres some questions

what title divisions do they have?

do they have a somewhat rigid hierachy?

is their live crowd good?

is what they do beliveable?

do they do in-ring promos and segments?

could i recomend this to a non wrestling fan without them getting bored or making me look like a fool?
They have a heavyweight title. That's at the top. They don't care for the NWA title anymore, they broke away.

After that they got the central states and Kansas title. Central states seems to be higher on the pecking order but at the end of the day, it's just another second tier title. I think the poster above is right, they need to merge those.

their live crowd is very good. Cn't be more than 250 people there, but they keep showing up month after month. they have names for one, madea, Retro Steve, ( Sporting Kansas City supporter, the play by play guy does play by play on Sporting KC matches too.)

it's a great building for n intimate atmosphere.

What they do is believeable. Sometimes corny but I like that stuff.

Would you recommend it to your buddies? I don't know. You know them better than me. Watch a few episodes on you tube and see for yourself. it's free tv. nothing to lose.
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Check out the Jeremy Wyatt vs ACH matches from this year. They are both great. ACH does some nice flying and Jeremy Wyatt is solid.
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Check out the Jeremy Wyatt vs ACH matches from this year. They are both great. ACH does some nice flying and Jeremy Wyatt is solid.
I will. Looking foward to it. and where does showtime stand in all of this?

They haven't aired yet on youtube. I'm all cuaght up, episode 104. If there's other epsisodes beyond that don't tell me the results. No spoilers!

hee hee...
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Episode 104 is the last of them so far, they usually release episodes on YouTube every Monday. Just make sure not to go to their website or you'll be spoiled. It takes about 3-4 episodes to cover one TV taping, they've just started Novembers TV taping on YouTube.
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