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Will Ron Mathis be Deleted??

I used to be a fan of Gary Damron.  Right now… I’m not so sure.

Damron is the boss at ASW, a phenomenal promotion running out of West Virginia featuring some of the best stars in independent wrestling. One of the ASW regulars is Ron Mathis, whom I featured in Eat Sleep Wrestle. Ron was one of the four men in the match I credit with helping me fall in love with independent wrestling. No one eats, sleeps, breathes, and lives professional wrestling with as much gusto as Ron. Humble and friendly outside the ring, he is a killing machine inside, a high impact, show-stealing performer who was always a must-see when he worked for D1W here in my hometown.

Ron is currently a tag team champion at ASW along with his partner, Rocky Rage. Ron has never backed down from any challenger, anywhere. But Damron has done a terrible, terrible thing to these rising young stars.

He’s booked them against the Broken Hardys.

When I found out that Ron and Rocky were not only facing the potential loss of their belts but DELETION, I contacted Gary and asked him what in the world he was thinking. “Well I had Matt Hardy booked from the beginning, and now the Hardy’s are wanting to prove that they are the best tag team in all time history and space. Matt called and asked if Jeff could come along. They want to challenge whomever the ASW Tag Team Champions were.

Booking the Hardy Boyz together on an independent show is a tempting lure for any promoter, and it is the opportunity of a lifetime for Ron Mathis and Rocky Rage. Not only are they facing a legendary tag team in Matt and Jeff Hardy, the match will be filmed for broadcast on Impact Wrestling!

Even so… Is it worth the chance that Ron Mathis and Rocky Rage will be DELETED?

“The Hardy’s will have a lot to prove in Madison,” said Damron. “Rocky Rage and Ron Mathis are our top two wrestlers, and the fans in Madison really get behind them. Rocky and Ron are definitely not someone The Broken Hardy’s are gonna have a easy night with. They will surely have a fight on their hands if they want to prove they are the top tag team in ASW.”

Damron talks a good line, but I’m sure I’m not the only fan afraid for the future of Ron Mathis or Rocky Rage.

Fans in the region can see Ron Mathis and Rocky Rage put their titles on the line against the Broken Hardys Friday night, January 27, at the Madison Civic Center in Madison, WV.

Tickets for the event are only $12. As I said in my Friday post, you can buy a ticket and a couple souvenirs at this show for LESS than you can get a cheap seat at a WWE show. This is the perfect opportunity to give independent wrestling a chance!

For more information visit the event page on Facebook.

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How to Become a Legend

ASW is running a show tonight in Madison, WV. It’s a star-studded event featuring the Rock N Roll Express and “The Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart.

Hart is a legend by anyone’s definition. He’s one of the greatest managers of all time and a Hall of Famer. That makes what he did the other day so remarkable.

Jimmy Hart called promoter Gary Damron a few days before the show and asked what time he needed to be there – to help set up the ring! “Not that we are gonna allow that to happen,” said Damron on his Facebook page, “but just to show what a true heart for the business he has and also to say if he feels he can help setup a ring than anyone should!”

Legends lead by example. Legends never forget where they came from. Legends are never too big to help set up the ring.

Whatever your passion or pursuit in life, take a lesson from a legend. Be humble, remember your roots, and never be too “important” to help set up the ring.